By Jay Kiel, Youth and Family Ministry, First Lutheran Church, Little Falls
As summer comes to an end, the school year begins, schedules change, perhaps a child is moving out to go to college, for the first year or to resume studies. Our lives change or transition as summer ends. Some things end or change and new things start, others resume after a pause for the summer.
Whether we are going through this transition personally or watching others go through it, there is a change. May we encourage others when the schedule of summer transitions into the schedule of school and fall. May we be there for each other, may we show love and support to the students, teachers, faculty and staff members, parents, administrators and all that this transition effects.
Numbers 6:24-26 (NRSV) says “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” God offers this blessing and within the blessing, I think God is calling us to a way of treating one another as well.
As we meet new friends and classmates, new colleagues, different times spent at home and in the community, may we strive to show God’s love and to be kind and gracious to one another. In the times that are frustrating, tiring, disappointing, and more, may we know that God grants peace.
“Good and gracious God, you are the source of all knowledge and wisdom. Be with students returning to classrooms and bless their learning. Be with the community that surrounds schools: teachers and assistants, administrators and parents, coaches and directors, drivers, custodians and cooks. Let them be a blessing as students pursue knowledge. God, also grant a spirit of wisdom, a divine and holy wisdom never captured on quiz but revealed in truth by you. We entrust all these things to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.” (Taken from the ELCA Facebook Page).