Hello Paula @pbandj,
First, what a beautiful and articulate girl your Megan is! Most 13-year-olds do not have that clarity of heart or mind. I can only imagine how proud of her you guys must be. It’s quite a blessing that Megan can be so honest and that she trusts her sister enough to bare her soul. How thankful you must be for those things, even though the contents of that letter break your heart.
Second I will pray Miss Megan finds the comfort and assurance she needs. She said that having a relationship with God is difficult because He doesn’t talk to her. I’m 60 and I still find myself struggling with that very thing. I think we all do, at least every now and then— probably why Jesus told Thomas that those who do not see Him and believe are blessed. Hopefully as we mature, we learn that He does speak through scripture. You might show Megan James 1:5 and encourage her to pray for wisdom.
Megan said that she has a hard time staying focused when she reads the Bible. I know that there is a Bible that’s done wholly in cartoon… here are a couple more girly ideas.
Listening to the Bible is a wonderful way to learn. In the mornings we use an audio Bible narrated by Max McLean. We saw him do the Screwtape Letters and the audio Bible was my ‘souvenir.’ I had wanted it it for a while….
I have bought another audio Bible— the NIV Live, A Bible Experience. I will gladly send it to you. It’s brand new, complete… but I like listening to Max McLean better. Look up the one I’m offering and if you’re interested, send me a message with your address. I’ve tried to give it away several times; perhaps it was meant to go to Megan. Just googled ‘audio Bible for teens.’ There might be something online or an app that would resonate with Megan as well. Most the people that were alive when the Bible was being penned heard it rather than read it. I would encourage Megan to follow along in a printed copy though— even Max McLean leaves a word or sentence out every now and then. Maybe you guys could listen as a family!
There’s also the option to listen to one teacher go through one book and Megan might enjoy that. I like Brett Meador from Athey Creek and Jay McCarl from Georgetown Divide right now. But they both add history and prophecy into their teachings. They are both alive and that might be more appealing to a teen than some dead guy like Missler, Feldick, or Sproul. Maybe there’s a youth pastor who teaches through whole books… or even who teaches topically. YouTube has tons of videos along this line.
I taught confirmation classes for a couple years. The two stories that resonated most with the kids I taught were the story of Mary and Joseph (and Jesus eventually) and the story of Ruth (my very favorite). I gave them tons of history along with scripture, using PowerPoint for visuals. My kids said the extra information made those stories come alive.
Well this post is way long so I will close. I’d love to talk about why prophecy is there so we won’t be afraid, but will leave that for another time. Know that your family is ever in our prayers, and I’ll be specific for what I now know Megan needs. Be blessed in your search to make the Bible come alive for Megan!