Back to Hope.
As I drove in to work this morning, there was a mom taking a picture of her son on the front porch with backpack and mask. I pulled up next to a bus and saw a kid leaning his head against the window with his colorful mask on. He looked thrilled. Driving by another elementary school, the parking lot was full with the cars of faculty and staff.
In speaking with multiple friends who teach or work in the school systems, there are higher levels of stress and anxiety because of COVID-19. But I believe in my friends, they will do a great job. I have been around HS students for about six weeks now and I believe in them, they will do a great job. I know there is risk in reopening, but these people are taking every reasonable measure to move forward in a responsible way. This gives me hope.
I am so thankful our Lord Jesus Christ never quit on hope. Jesus faced an uphill battle and He kept going uphill to the end. But the Bible tells us that from the beginning of his life, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. The effort Jesus gave in the face of great opposition gives me hope. So I am cheering on our students, faculty, and staff as they start the uphill climb together. No reopening plan is perfect, but they are working hard to move forward in the safest way possible. None of the people I saw this morning will ever know it, but in their effort to try, they are giving at least one person - hope.
Scripture: Luke 2:52 (NIV)
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
“Father, we thank you for hope. Hope is a powerful thing. It is listed with the top three, faith, hope, and love. I pray for all of our students, faculty, and staff as they begin school this year. Protect them, guide them, and give them hope. May their stress and anxiety be calmed and may it be replaced with hope. Help the parents of the students as well. Give them wisdom and help calm any stress or anxiety they may be feeling. Give them hope today. Grow us all in these days of uncertainty. Grow us in wisdom, stature, and favor with you God and our neighbors. Our hope is in You because You are good and faithful. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”