We were going through our 'Jesus" answers (me and my 4th grade class)- but it all seemed so vague- so we went a little deeper. One girl talked to me off to the side as we were doing an activity and said " i did all those things, but nothing is working? what can i do?" We talked more about prayer, and ignoring, and that these thoughts are not true of her (a very advanced and bright little girl but together that it was not the child saying these things, but Satan after her).
I took this as a teachable moment to talk about what to do when being bullied. Of course these words were not used, but I saw the sparks fly in the students as they thought of what they could do or try the next time they are in the situation. I saw hope in students. I am so thankful that it went over well.
Pastor, my students did get the message. They know where to find it (Matt 5:44) and what it says, and what to do. I'm sorry we did not play your games, or have all of the chats as planned- but thanks for giving me the liberty to have this teachable moment.