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May 20, 2013
FROM YOUR PASTOR’S HEART
This is the last week of this school year for the students and teachers in our area. As for me and my house, the year can not end soon enough! The turmoil created by the indecisiveness and uncertainty regarding the future of public education in Shelby County has everyone on edge at the schools. It starts with the administration and faculty, but surely the students can sense it as well. No one seems to have any idea what next year's school system will be like, or how long the merger will last. Yet, everyone seems to agree on one thing...it is going to be chaotic!
My plan for the next two months is to do everything possible to keep my favorite school teacher from thinking about it. The busy summer we have planned will surely help. Our schedule includes: " Camp Grand " times six; preaching a family wedding in San Antonio ; attending the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston ; visiting our families while we are in Texas ; helping with Vacation Bible School ; and celebrating Independence Day with the parade and our "Picnic in the Park." I'm not sure what we will do with our free time when that is done.
While my plans are to do everything in my power to keep my bride from worrying about the next school year, my commitment is to be faithful in praying for the schools. Let me urge you to join me in this call to prayer for the local schools. The fact is that public education in this area, neighboring counties included, will be greatly impacted by what is happening in Shelby County . I predict that some of our adjoining counties are going to see explosive growth due to the consolidated school district. We need to pray for wisdom and guidance for those who are in decision making positions in all of the schools. Pray for those whose livelihoods are on the line, as cuts continue to be made. Pray for the judge who is presiding over this debacle. Pray for the city leaders throughout our county. Yet, most importantly, please remember to pray for the precious children!
The Bible verse that I am clinging to as I pray for the future of our education system is Philippians 4:6: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Making sense out of all of this mess is certainly a "God-sized task." Yet, our God is able to use this situation to bring about better schools for all of His children. Worrying and fretting will not change anything, but prayer certainly brings change. Will you join with me in praying for the future of our schools?
Serving in love,