The focus of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week centers on the unchangeable nature of God – that He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In these troubled times, this message is especially relevant. We will face challenges, disappointments, and unpleasantness; yet, the God who welcomed you into His family in your baptism will continue to guide and protect you daily…whatever difficulties you will have to face. And, as is the case for all of us, when our race is over, He will guide us safely home to Himself in Heaven. God’s promises, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, surround us. I count on them daily.
I’ve been honored to have served in Lutheran schools for many years. One of the great joys of a career well-spent in Lutheran education is seeing the long-term results of ministry – both my own ministry and that of my colleagues. Former students are now parents, bringing their kids to my classroom and reconnecting with me after many years. Other former students have become colleagues, sharing their insights, experience, and expertise with me as we minister to children side-by-side. Being led in worship by one of my former students inspires me, filling me with joy. Family by family, student by student, and teacher by teacher, the Word of God is spread through Lutheran schools and churches. My colleagues and I, past and present, have been immeasurably blessed to be used by Jesus Christ to help grow His Church. I can think of no greater honor.
I hope that, someday, some of my current students get to experience the joy and inspiration that comes with serving in Lutheran school or church ministry.
More than simply a matter of organizational pride, National Lutheran Schools Week reaffirms that the Church grows, develops, and increases its role as Christ’s representative here on earth. National Lutheran Schools Week reminds us that God’s work endures and prospers, regardless of political climates or changeable societal preferences. We have a God-given mission in Lutheran Schools: we are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Therefore, God’s mission to us does not rely upon politics or society. The ministry to children and their families continues because God called us to do so – and He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
“And behold, I am with you ALWAYS, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).”
By: Kevin Smith, 7th grade ELA & CFL