This coming Sunday is one I cherish every year. It’s “The Blessing of the Backpacks!” In all of our worship services students will come forward (with their backpacks if they have them) for a time of prayer and blessing. We will pray for the school year, our students, our teachers, our administrators, and all who work to make our school system great.
I take great pride in the amount of support our school system has. In our congregation we have many, many teachers and retired teachers, lots of school support staff, a few principals, and even one superintendent. Methodists have long been great supporters of public education, and I am proud that our congregation continues that tradition with our desire to further strengthen what are already excellent schools.
So when you see the children come forward with their backpacks, help me bless them by praying for a productive, safe, and successful year of education. When I think of the people who had the greatest impact on my life, the names and faces that come to mind are almost all teachers and people who worked in the schools I attended.
Teachers, administrators, and support staff: You are doing incredible ministry as you teach, love, and care for young people. You don’t always see immediate fruit from your work, but you are making an impact that will ripple through the decades.
Perhaps even through eternity!
Thank you for all you do, and have a wonderful school year!