The Pastor's Perch

Cicada carols, Nighthawk's nasal nocturnals and the general insect announcements presage the end of summer. For most, another season, but for schools, the activities that lead to the opening of school. Most of us used to dread school's approach, but now, school has taken on new meanings, not all of them good, but still, we want school to be a good thing. Our local Kansas City school-church partnerships are advising us to pray for the communities' schools: for leadership, teachers, staff, parents, guardians and children. Too many things are being exposed to children and this time should be one of learning and growing. Children are looking to us, the adults, for leadership, wisdom and protection. Regardless the sitcoms and movies about how children can raise themselves, how children are smarter than adults, how blended families cope, and whatever else is said about families, it comes down to adults being adults (i.e. growing up and being adults), and training children for a world that even we adults do not recognize. Proverbs 6:22 says simply, Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it. The operative word is should. And Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:4 to do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. No guarantees, but we want to lead them on the right path. The right path? Again with Proverbs, this time in chapter 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Adults, be adults so your children can be children. Raise them up in the LORD. Assure them they are forgiven and loved in Christ Jesus, and practice confession and absolution (forgiveness spoken to them when they repent). Add that sound to the cacophany above, but make sure they hear.

Peace.

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