Finding Hope Through Stories

By Christina Koeppel
Over the past several weeks, I have had the privilege to record Wee Bitties with Miss Sue. 

If you aren’t quite sure what I am talking about, don’t worry. Just know this, Sue Koeppel (yes, my mom) is reading books on a weekly basis for the littlest in our flock via video on the internet. 

Several people have compared Miss Sue with the fabulous Mr. Rogers. Being in the room when the magic is happening, I can agree. Growing up, I remember watching Mr. Rogers as he talked with various people in his neighborhood, and the neighborhood of make-believe. He addressed tough issues like racism, divorce, death, and bullying in a way that young children could understand. Although Miss Sue would not agree with the comparison, she is very much like the Mr. Rogers of FUMC. She has a soft demeanor that is approachable and yet she is very solid in her faith and understanding of who God is and how we should love one another. 

Her reading of children’s books has been one of the ways she has maintained connection with our little ones, but it has also spread into a connection with some of our flock that are still little at heart. 

Miss Sue won’t read a book that she cannot connect to the love of God. She too has touched on some tough subjects for little ones, such as racism, death, the pandemic, what to do when we are scared, how to love others, and how to love ourselves. 

I know that one of the reasons this project has been a highlight for me (a 30-something), and for others, is that my mom brings hope into each lesson. She reminds the viewer that God is so good, even in the midst of a pandemic, and that He loves us always. We truly have a treasure in the words and stories of Miss Sue. So pull up a chair, connect on the website or Facebook, and get your thumbs ready for a reminder that there is hope for us through our faith in God, no matter how big or little we are.