We have routines in our classroom.
We have ways of doing things. We have ways of getting ready for the day’s beginning.
Four mornings a week we start our day with the rest of the school with morning devotions. We have a routine for this. First we open, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. We then say the pledge to first the American Flag, and then the Christian flag. It is then time to start our walk with God. This prepares our children to start the day in the “right” mind-set.
During the month of September, I have been blessed to lead the children through devotions. In order to spend this time with the children leading them in the WORD, I must first prepare myself. I must pray and then research what I will be speaking to them about. I must have knowledge of the topic.
The same is true when we gather in the classroom. When I lead the children in the subject I teach, I must not only have the knowledge of the subject matter, but I must be prepared. I must have the proper supplies for the children as well as the knowledge.
When God told Adam and Eve that He would send a Redeemer He did not do this right after they sinned. He took His time and prepared the world.
The timing had to be just right. The world had to be ready to not only receive Jesus, but also ready for Jesus to spread His Gospel. The world had to be ready for the Gospel to be easily spread.
God’s timing is always perfect, even if we don’t think it is right.
Sometimes we have to wait for God’s timing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to wait and we want to hurry the LORD along. Sometimes we aren’t prepared for God as we tire of waiting.
God always gives us what we need when we must wait. He has given us a book of instructions. He has given us the Bible.
All throughout the Old Testament God gave His people hints or insights into what His plans were for the birth of His Son and they often missed or ignored the clues. We now look back and ask how could they have missed the obvious? WE do this in our daily lives as we miss the clues the LORD is giving us. How do we know what He wants from us? We find His messages as we weekly attend worship and hear His Word and partake of the sacrament of His Supper.
You have this chance this Sunday to hear His word when you come to Grace Lutheran Church to hear the children of Grace sing praises to the LORD and see the dedicated teachers being installed for yet another year.
Come and join us as we worship and lift praises to the LORD!
Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
This past week it has been quite warm in our classrooms. We know we are in the season of summer still, however; Monday is the official start of fall. This might be a bit hard for some to believe since we are expected to have warm weather through the next few days.
Our calendar seasons don’t always follow the weather seasons. It was our God who created the seasons as He placed the sun & moon in the sky on the fourth day. We know when He created the seasons, they were PERFECT. We also know, that sin entered the world and this messed everything up.
We are told in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, “To everything there is a season.” We don’t always want to wait for the season. I’m already hearing in my room, “I can’t wait for the leaves to change color” or “I want for my birthday” or “I can’t wait for Christmas” and my favorite, “When do we get out of school?”
When the children tell me, they can’t wait for certain events, I explain, they have no choice but to wait as we can’t speed up time.
What season are you in?
To everything there is a season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “
“Patience” “Wait your turn” “That’s for the older kiddos” “Trust me, you’ll understand when you’re older” It seems that many children want to do things before it is time to do them. The younger ones in Ms. Laurie’s room want to do the things the children in Mrs. Helmling’s room do and those in Mrs. Helmling’s room would like to have the privileges of the children in Mr. Jurica’s room. Of course, those in Mr. Jurica’s room…. (well, I’ll let you fill this in).
Aren’t we as adults also guilty of this as well? When we are expecting a new little one in the family, we are very excited and hope the child will be like everyone else. Parents count the fingers and toes, reflexes are tested. From that point on the comparisons begin and the race begins the be “THE BEST” - Not necessarily the child’s best but to be better than everyone else’s child. There’s the push to get things done in a hurry. We expect our little ones to walk early, talk early, learn to read early, learn their colors, numbers, and letters early. When they do, we are often in a hurry for them to slow down. We often wish we had the time to do over with them. We spend our time comparing ourselves and our children to others. Why do we do this? We do this because of sin and temptation. The very temptation the evil one used in the Garden with Eve, when he said the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would make Eve like GOD.
When we rush ourselves and our children to do better than everyone else, are we teaching them to do their best for the LORD - to be their best for the LORD or are we doing it out of pride to show off to others?
In Ecclesiastes we are told there is a season for everything. We are in the growing season here at Grace. I know, it is fall, but we are growing your children to be the best the LORD has created them to be.
As we watch the children reaching up towards the nurturing that comes from their teachers not one of these children is going to be learning at the same rate. None of us would think to force a flower to grow. Help us grow your children in grace, knowledge, and wisdom as we teach them the ways of the LORD and the knowledge to be successful in their lives. Remember – we are all fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14
· Pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, coloring pencils, and book bags – these are the things of which the first day of school is made.
· Being prepared that is another thing of which the first day of school is made.
· Math books, English books, spelling books, and reading books more of which signals the first day of school.
· Meeting old and new friends figuring out our class schedules makes for a very busy first day of school.
Welcome back to another school year.
Here at Grace our first day of school is even more than what I have listed above –
Our first day involved:
· Chapel lead by Pastor Gomez – Our first of many worship experiences together, where we learn and remember the LOVE our Savior Jesus has for us.
· Classroom time – learning the classroom rules, which center around the 2 Great Commandments:
1. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37)
2. Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39)
· Lunchtime – Joining together in lunch fellowship by beginning in prayer.
The first day also means a new start. For the children this means a new grade.
For those of us, Christians, this new start holds a special meaning.
· We are given a new start every day.
· We are given a new start every hour
· We are given a new start every second.
This happens as we ask our LORD for His forgiveness. Each and every time, we are made new in Him!
For we are new creations in Christ! 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is Here!
This school year we look to showing the love we have for others that Jesus first gave to us and watching children become the New Creation in the LORD.
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School