The The Purging Lutheran used to work in Holy Cross’s pre-school years ago. I helped Miss Maureen corral four year olds so we could teach them The Lord’s Prayer, how to print the alphabet and numbers, paint like the pros (if the ‘pro’ is Jackson Pollock), stand in line, flush toilets, wash hands, zip coats, unzip coats, and many other life hacks. Because we helped these children transition from anarchists to decent American citizens, their parents would pay tribute to us with gifts and doodads. There were never any gifts from these families we didn’t appreciate. It’s wonderful when lil’ punkins with mile-wide smiles give you a coffee mug filled with chocolate Kisses, teachers devotional books, an iron ant (yes), a homemade ghost with googly eyes filled with candy that I keep on the kitchen window shelf to hold bread bag ties, and so and so on. In this case I was given this Jesus-themed picture frame. Jesus does, indeed, turn frowns upside down. He is the center of our joy.
John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
John 6:32-33 Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.”