John’s Blog- I Wonder What the Day Has in Store?
My daughter-in-law, Leslie, sent us an email the other day sharing what happened on our grandson Jordan’s second day of school. She said that only a few days earlier she had been lamenting all the paperwork involved in enrolling him in kindergarten. They live very near the school so she was walking him to school on his second day. She reported that he looked up at her with a big grin and said in a joyful voice, “I wonder what we get to do at school today?”
I cannot speak for everyone but when out children were young, it occurred to me that one of a parent’s greatest challenges is to get children to enjoy that which is good for them. Jordan, for example, is going to spend many, many hours in school over the coming years. It will feel like an eternity if he dreads every day. It will feel even longer for Mom and Dad as they worry about him during school and then have to battle the tears every night as the homework must be completed.
So I want to say thank you to the wonderful teachers in our church school, who give time and attention to all of their students young and old. To those who prepare the food on Sunday morning so they can start with a full stomach, I also say thank you. I also want to thank our preschool and Parents Day Out teachers and leaders for making the children feel welcome and loved, all the while teaching them the socialization skills and the knowledge that will be so vital as they grow and develop into the people God wants them to be.
Now if I can just get those parents and grandparents to look at each other over breakfast Sunday morning and say, “I wonder what wonderful things we will do today and hear today in church school and in worship?” And oh yes, it would be nice if they had a smile on their faces when the question was asked.