by Pastor Kenn Curren
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” –Deuteronomy 11:18-19 (NIV)
As you read this newsletter, we have entered September, and the children are back in school. As Christians, we understand that we must continue learning about God and putting our knowledge into practice. The author of Deuteronomy says that we need to keep God’s Word close to us and pass along that wisdom to our children. The world tries to throw all kinds of obstacles at us, and if we are not prepared, we will have difficulties navigating around the pitfalls as we strive to follow Jesus.
You probably grew up hearing stories of how bad your parents had it going to school if you are like me. We have heard the tales of having to walk through four feet of snow barefoot and uphill. But, let’s face it, school today is so much more complicated than what we experienced. They face peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, trying to fit in, and on top of these things – COVID. So I want to encourage you to pray for the children, the teachers, bus drivers, and all associated with our educational system. As we begin the 2021/2022 school year, I share the prayer found in our Book of Worship, number 535:
“At the beginning of a new school year, O God of wisdom, we offer thanks and praise for the gift of new beginnings and for the opportunity to learn and wonder. We pray for teachers, students, and staff that this year might be rewarding for all. Be with us as we face the challenge of new tasks, the fear of failure, the expectations of parents, friends, and self. In our learning and our teaching, may we grow in service to others and in love for your world, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.”
(U.S.A., 20th CENT., ALT.)
Peace, Pastor Kenn