Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day 25 of Lent, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.
                                          Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in Mark 9:37 (CEB)

One of the challenges of moving to an appointment without a parsonage is buying a home. Difficulties aside, the good thing about this is that we get to choose which school district we want for our children.  We picked the Cheyenne Middle School because Kyla already takes orchestra there on Monday nights so the transition will be smoother.

Unfortunately, this school district seems to be a popular one around Edmond which means the housing prices are higher.  Parents want quality education for their children and are willing to pay more or live in a smaller home to get it.

Our teachers held a rally at the capitol on Monday to remind the rest of us that education is important.  If we believe it to be important, we need to do a better job of funding it.  As we can look at Edmond or Piedmont, we see that young families are attracted to these areas because of the good school systems.  When we think about the long term future of our state, if we become known for top-notch education, it will be easier to attract families to come and live in our state.

As a church, we have always supported education.  We believe that God can more fully utilize a person's gifts if they are educated than if they aren't.  It's a matter of giving God more tools to work with!

I saw the sign below on a post from Twitter:

This sign is sobering because it is likely true.  It really gets to the heart of our priorities, darn it!

As we continue during Lent, we may look at extending our hand to the least of these in society.  As we do so, we discover that we are serving Christ.  The scripture in Mark above reminds us that this same relationship exists as we serve the children.

This is one of my favorite educational songs of all time:

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