Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it. –Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
REFLECT | How many times over the last few years have you been watching TV or listening to the radio and you’ve heard something like this “We interrupt this program with breaking new: there has been a school shooting at ______!” Even our community has been shocked by the news that someone had brought a gun to school a rumor was started to that effect. For over 40 years I was connected to a local school system: as a teacher, counselor, and a school bus driver, and I always felt safe at school…even while I was growing up. However, in our day and times when a resource officer must be figured into a school’s budget, I’m not so sure I would feel safe were I in the school system today. Much of the problem may lie in the fact that many parents no longer train their children before they come to school.
PRAY | O, Lord we ask for parents who will train up their children in the ways of goodness, kindness, and obedience so that they will come to school ready to learn. We pray that schools will once more be a safe haven for the children, teachers, and all personnel associated with the schools. We pray that the senseless school shootings will cease, and schools will be a place of learning for the children. We pray, O Lord, for your protection and your watchful love and care for all schools in this country but especially the schools in our county. Amen.