School supplies covered the shelves for weeks and trendy new fashions beckon to be purchased. Kids need more expensive tools to go to school. When raising our own children, I never really looked forward school shopping, because of the huge chunk it took from our every day budget. I felt the pinch when all they needed were a few notebooks, pencils, and erasers.
I’m glad I lived in those days, when the only real threat too my children’s welfare was my unending dream of forgetting to pack their lunches – a dream which continues to this day. We never had enough extra for piano lessons, dance lessons or karate, but somehow our kids survived without those extras.
This year, my three grandchildren are all embarking on exciting stages of their education. The oldest will be finishing his final year of college; the second begins his first year of college and living on campus; the third starts high school. Each of them is excited, anxious and a bit nervous about the newness of it all and the fears that go along with change.
Today kids have so much more to think about when getting ready for school. Now parents must sign in and wear ID tags. There are armed guards at some schools. There are no longer only fire drills, but drills on how to react during a terrorist attack. Teachers are given special training in this area. Most school buildings are secured with cameras upon entrance. There are metal detectors to make sure no weapons enter the building. There are locker inspections for drugs. There’s the fear of bullying and tearing down someone’s reputation on the internet. Today, going to school can be very frightening, but for some kids, it’s a means of escape from a troubled life at home.
Protests on college and high school campuses are commonplace. Voicing one’s opinion can turn violent even when something important needs to be said. Parents must be aware of the things being taught in the schools. They need to ask their kids questions. They need to be involved in this adventure and helping their children through it..
Back to school should be a time of excitement, but times have become dangerous. So we gain strength in knowing that God is in control of our schools, our teachers, our children and their safety. Pray with them and ask God to watch over them through these times. Ask God to give you the words of encouragement these young minds need.
Dear, God, as our young people return to schools across our land, give them the enthusiasm and excitement to enter this adventure in spite of the possible dangers. Help them absorb the knowledge necessary to make changes to their future. Also look over their teachers, giving them courage to face the school year with confidence. Be their constant companion, in Jesus’ name. Amen!