It's back to school time! Whether it's younger children heading to school for the first time, middle school youth anxious about peer drama, high school students feeling pressure over grades, or college students moving into the dorm for their first time away from home, most parents feel almost as anxious, if not more, than our sons or daughters. We want them to learn, but there are so many distractions. We want to pass along some reassurance to our students and find some encouragement for ourselves.
Joshua wasn't going to the school yard, but he was going to the battlefield. He was understandably anxious and even a bit discouraged. But God gave him a word of comfort and encouragement that still holds promise for both parents and students today:
(scripture of the week)
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go"
(prayer of the week)
Loving Lord, watch over my family today. Help us to be strong and courageous in the face of challenge and adversity. Help us to do our best, and trust you to do the rest. Keep us safe. Keep us faithful. May we be salt and light in a world where we stand true to you. In the strong name of Christ, amen.
(quote of the week)
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
-- Benjamin Franklin