- Henry Prater
Back to School
As I have looked around on Facebook this week, my feed has slowly started to build with pictures of our current it is back to school time. Children are preparing for their new grade, college campuses are starting to fill up, homeschool families are gearing up for their start too; but this year is different. Covid-19 has changed things. Many of our children’s back to school pictures have a new accessory, a mask. Many other families are trying virtual learning or home school this year. Some homeschool parents are taking on additional students to be helpful to friends and neighbors. It is in this reality we are facing that we need to bring an extra helping of grace for one another and ourselves. These are difficult times and we need to be kind to all as we navigate the best we can.
I saw a meme that has stuck with me as a reminder of how we should support one another in a time like this. It said,
It is so true. This is another of the many tough decisions families are having to navigate during this time. Rather than using our communication to criticize or tear down, let us build up these families who are going through this strange season we are in. Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:29-32 can be our guide, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Church, we have been forgiven much. Christ’s compassion has been poured out on us beyond which we can repay. We can, however, pay that kindness forward. In this back to school season, let us be kind to our families who are making difficult decisions. Let us pray for our schools, teachers, administrators, staff, and students. Let us offer support to those who are trying online or homeschool for the first time. Let us encourage those who have been homeschooling for a long time now. Let us be a people who are known for our compassion and support. Pastor Henry