Then he’d go on to treat us to a sermon on the meaning of this verse. The point of the sermon was that children are naturally religious, in an innocent kind of way. Anyway, something like that. To tell the truth I was never exactly sure what his point was. My first year I was busy studying the hair growing out of his ears and later on I picked up the habit of watching my pal Gary Albrecht doing things like working a thumbtack into position on pious little Margaret Siebert’s chair.
Reverend Prediger would wind up his sermon with another Scripture passage called the Parable of the Sower, which is about the farmer who went around planting seeds all over creation, even on the rocks and weeds. I happened to pay attention to this part because it made me think of Uncle Herb. But it made Reverend Prediger think we naturally religious children were the good soil the seeds happened to fall on, which was the reason the teachers had to cultivate us.
All these Scriptures and sermons were supposed to explain why the Inverness Mennonite Church was ruining the first three weeks of our summer vacation by spending every morning in Daily Vacation Bible School.The one hour per week we spent in Sunday School wasn’t enough. It only gave us the general idea but as Aunt Lena explained, DVBS gave us the real scoop on subjects like the Bible and God and Jesus and turning the other cheek.