Lost in Punctuation

We finished up Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS today.  I love Bible School while it’s going and I love it when it’s over.  Can I see the hands of those of you who need two weeks to recuperate?

I taught the 5th/6th Grade class which happened to include my Boy Two.  Today’s assignment was to read Philippians 4:4-9, summarize, and then share how to practically apply the scripture.

The Boy’s verse was “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”   I asked him to summarize:

Boy:  “Be anxious about everything.”

Me:  “Don’t you mean be anxious about nothing?”

Boy:  “No, the verse says to be anxious about everything.”

Me:  “How in the world do you get that?”

Boy:  “Mom (eyeroll), it says, ‘Do not be anxious about any thing, but in every thing.’  Period.  He had ‘by prayer and petition’ beginning a new verse.

So, were Two a scribe or textual critic, we wouldn’t just settle with worrying about one thing, we’d worry about it all, sisters.   We’d present our requests to God and get some peace at a later date. After the period.

Take Away:  

1. So far I’m safe in my prediction that Two will not be a theologian.  He’s still safe as a deacon though. (grin) 

2. I have a new appreciation for the jot and tittle.   And for the value of VBS.