White Sunday nerves

By Ivamere Nataro 12 October 2018, 12:00AM

Love is a verb and no one deserves it more than our children. 

Tomorrow, parents and guardians will show their love for their children by showering them with new clothes, shoes, food and deserts as Samoa marks White Sunday. 

At the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Moata’a, White Sunday is all about love – God’s love for his children.    

On Friday afternoon, more than 150 children were gathered inside the church, with parents, guardians and 15 Sunday school teachers to rehearse their plays, songs and Bible verses for tomorrow’s church service.  

Based on the Old Testament, the children are dramatising God’s calling in Moses’ life to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  Eighteen-year-old Tautua Autagavaia said their drama depicts how God loved his children who were enslaved in Egypt for many years. 

“It’s a good drama to show us, and tell us the kids what Moses did and what God told Moses to do, to go and free his people, so it is telling the young ones that this is what Moses went through to get the Israelites out of Egypt,” Tautua said. “Personally this drama means a lot to me. It tells me that God loves his children and He is still telling the children today, through this drama, that He is always there for us and He loves us.”

The innocent look on the young ones seated inside the church as they watched on could only remind us Jesus’ words in Mathew 19:14: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. 

If there is one message that the children of C.C.C.S. Moata’a is trying to tell Samoa and the world today it is to share the love, just like how Jesus loves them. 

Reverend Semi Fa’atoafe said White Sunday is set aside every year for parents to show their appreciation and love towards their children. 

By Ivamere Nataro 12 October 2018, 12:00AM

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