A real accomplishment for Antonio at the age of seven! Looking back on it these years later he explained his grown-up understanding to the teen boys in the class he taught.
“Our assignment in second grade Sunday School class was to memorize and then one at a time recite the Lord’s Prayer in front of the whole congregation at a Sunday morning service. Standing alone on that stage in front of all those people was scary. But mom and dad had drilled me for days, and now I had a little bit of confidence.”
He continued, “Maybe that’s how you feel when you’re about to take a test at school, but at least you were sitting down, just writing answers on a piece of paper.”
The boys smiled and nodded as Antonio went on, “We all thought we knew what we were saying, but now I have lots more in my head and in my heart. The one biggie I’m going to tell you about today is four words there next to the end. ‘Deliver us from evil.’ Jesus brought it up in the 68 words of the prayer that He taught His disciples one day.
“Those four words and especially the word ‘evil’ informs us that evil is real. What is evil?”
Antonio paused and the boys spoke up . . .