A Letter – Week of August 31, 2020

You are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts

2 Corinthians 3: 3

Here we are. The beginning of another new school year. The beginning of a new school year is always a mix of emotions for the children, the families, and the teachers. This year is no exception to that. How are you doing? Do you find yourself occasionally thinking, “It’s just not the same?” You may be starting in person for the first time since early spring. You might be heading back to the virtual setting. You’ve likely worked diligently all summer preparing for multiple possibilities. You may be ready for tomorrow, but you know that the day after that might be different. You are likely excited to reconnect with your students and get to know some new ones. You are probably eager to use some new ideas that you gleaned over the summer. And you also could very well be concerned about the safety of your students, their families, your colleagues, your family, and yourself.

Today’s verse is written through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration by Paul to the Christians in Corinth. He describes them as a letter from Christ…written on human hearts. They were not Paul’s witnesses but Christ’s. As they lived their life of faith and shared Christ’s message, they were like a letter carrying the most precious message ever written. They shared the gift of grace and forgiveness of Jesus with those around them.

That’s you. You too, are a letter from Christ. As you begin this year, you carry with you a message far more precious than any skill or nugget of learning. Your children may learn letters, colors, new words, number concepts, fine motor skills and many other things. You also face unique challenges this year. However, the heart of all you do is sharing Jesus with them. You’ll do it on a Zoom meeting or in person when you teach the Bible lessons for sure. You’ll share Jesus when you teach them about sharing and forgiving and apologizing. You’ll share Jesus when you notice the child who isn’t connecting in a way that you would hope, and you’ll reach out and find a way for them. Your laughter and joy in learning, your patience in the tough moments, your caring heart that reaches out to encourage each parent, your prayers with and for each child can all reflect Jesus’ love. You are a letter from Christ that reminds the children, their families, your colleagues, and even yourself that while this year may be different, the love of our Savior never changes. His letter is a love letter written in the Word for you and for all. May the Lord bless you and keep you ever close to him as you share his letter. May he bless this new school year in ways that only he can.

Prayer:
Jesus, remind me, the children in my class, their families, and my colleagues that you are with us each day of this new year. Bless all we do to reflect your love to each other. Help us to grow in faith and love for you. It’s in your name we pray. Amen

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