I have certainly enjoyed this past month and the opportunity to put down thoughts on interesting events in my life and the life of the Christian church. As I complete this month, there are some Amens to mention.
Amen, to the students who are completing another year of education! Some are graduating from high school and moving on to new levels of learning in the marketplaces of this world, and others moving on to college (BISD Baccalaureate service is on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the auditorium). Some are completing another year in the process of getting to where they want to be in life (two of my four granddaughters are moving either into kindergarten or junior high and these present milestones for them).
Amen, to the educators who have worked with the children of our nation! I salute the counselors, consultants, principals and administrators. They work tirelessly and sometimes with little support from parents and deserve our honor and respect. I salute the teachers who are retiring this year and hope that milestone allows them to do something else that they want to do in a new life after their first career. And I want to thank the dedicated teachers that are continuing on in the difficult task of preparing our youth for the bigger world that is out there. During the summer we need to remember to pray for teachers, administrators and counselors who will be working with our youth.
We are reminded in Ephesians 4:11 “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” Teachers are just a part of the bigger picture of moving us on toward a goal in life. In the Word of God via Paul, the goal is to prepare us to live up to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
Amen, to volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel, peace officers, correctional officers, lawyers and judges who help to create a safer environment for life in community! Risking their lives with each radio call or 911 call, we pause each time we hear a siren to say a silent or spoken prayer for what is to take place.
Amen, to my fellow clergy who join me in pulpits in the community and ministry on boards and chairing organizations beyond their church to serve their Lord and community! New statistics say it is not uncommon for them to work 65-70 hours a week and being on call on holidays and 24-7 to aid in your lives. Their churches may give them vacation, but many either don’t take all of it or return with a phone call of special need.
Amen, to each of you who faithfully read these thoughts of the pastors and encourage us in our words on behalf of Christ.