Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Letter to Carol Gallowitch, and Sunday School teachers everywhere

Dear Carol,
Forty-two years ago today you were a thirty something year old mom of four small children who'd probably dropped them off in their various Sunday School classes after the "fun" of getting a family ready for church on a Sunday morning...
And then you went, not to be ministered to, but to minister; to teach five and six year olds about Jesus.

I wouldn't be surprised if you left that morning after class and went about your day as if it were a regular Sunday, but it wasn't for me because it was that Sunday - Jan. 9, 1972 - that you told me that Jesus was knocking on my heart's door (Revelations 3:20) and you stayed after class and prayed with me because I wanted to let Him in.

I've worked with five and six year olds, prayed with them and their sweet tender hearts - never knowing if they really understood  they were doing...but that day I did.
You introduced me to the Lover of my soul. You told me He was calling my name and that if I would open the door and hear His voice, He would come into my heart - and He did and I've heard His voice now for decades as we've walked through life together.

Thank you for introducing a little girl to Jesus.
Thank you that, while you were crazy in the midst of a house full of young children, you faithfully ministered to other people's kids.
Thank you that through the entirety of my life that I've watched the example of you and Norm and seen, lived out for a lifetime, what it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength.

I know at times that I feel I've not done anything of great significance for God.  I faithfully serve in the opportunities He presents - to sing, or teach, or encourage but I've never done anything huge - maybe you have (because I don't want to say you haven't!) but what I've watched is your consistent love - singing, serving, opening your home to people constantly, praying for and with those you love - and as a result of your faithfulness you gave me the most important relationship of my life and I am and will continue to be eternally grateful.
Love, Becky


Anonymous said...

Agree, and I remember your dad. He was a loving SS teacher. - Rob McIlwaine

Hal Smith said...

A wonderful testimony to a great Christian couple.