With Labor Day behind us, so goes the Hymns With a Message series. It’s time to move forward with seasonal devotions beginning with the new school year.
When I was young I quickly learned to associate Labor Day with the last family cookout of the summer and getting prepared to start school.
Mom loved taking us to pick out new backpacks, school supplies, clothes and shoes for school. We would spend the day knocking it all out at once as we store hopped on a determined buying mission. We checked it all off our lists as we braved the trenches of school supply aisles in the local super center. We would be armed and ready for whatever the new school year would bring.
As the first day of school closed in on us, endless questions plagued my anxious mind. Would I like my new teachers? Would I get to be in the same classroom as my friends? We would all have to get into a new routine, back to making those after school snacks. There would be rides to dance classes, gymnastics, and piles of homework.
These days school supplies have been replaced with work uniforms, gym shoes, utility bills and rent payments. There are many times I wish I could go back to the days of making those early morning waffles floating in peanut butter and maple syrup before school. Those days that seemed so rushed, stressed and hurried now are just cherished memories of a time I wish I could have back again. It has flown by so quickly and without my permission. They are suddenly grown and gone.
I thought about this and I realized that as many are reluctantly handing kids (my niece and nephews come to mind) over to new teachers and coaches, we can simultaneously hand them over to the complete, unchanging, infinite, protection of God. He’s there to pick up the slack for many weary, anxious, parents. God can be trusted to be where parents cannot. Whether the kids are coloring at first grade art table or they are starting high school, almighty God is watching over them.
I started Tuesday mornings with a cup of coffee and Bible in hand before the sun comes up as I had my personal prayer time. I asked him to bless the day of my niece and nephews, and other children starting back to school. Join me in praying for His ultimate protection over them and that they would make wise choices according to His word. I ask for Him to send a legion of His heavenly angels to surround our children continuously and to pluck them out of harms way. I pray for wonderful Christian friends and teachers to surround them.
So as we move into Fall and a new school year and as parents are diligently packing up the school gear, waking the kids up early, and sending them out the door, let’s send them securely wrapped in the Lord’s arms with an abundance of favor and blessings heaped upon them, dressed in their new shoes and of course in the full armor of God!!