Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.
Blessings to the children, first of all, on another new school year. You have each grown so much over the summer, but still young with lots to learn. What bright and willing minds you have, eager for education and eager to have fun with your teachers and friends.
Blessings to the teachers, who work hard to make the school year as successful as they can, with patient and mature minds, eager to “go forth and conquer” all the challenges that come about each day. Blessings to you as you prepare and teach. Your life’s work is importance and we thank you. You are touching countless young lives.
Blessings to the families who let go and watch their children go forth and experience life, who do everything they can to help. Blessings to the mothers and fathers who nurture and provide a home for children to come back to at the end of the school day. May the afternoons be full of welcome and love. And cookies.
I like to imagine all the good things happening that no one will ever know.
The mom, busily packing school lunches, slipping in an extra package of snacks, “so you have something to share with a friend.”
A music teacher, choosing a special song with a certain student in mind. “He’ll love this one.”
The office ladies picking up donuts to share with any parent who comes in during the day. Adding fresh flowers from the garden to a vase to brighten up the space.
Cheerful volunteers who do what they can to help.
Children picking out their favorite outfits and wondering if their best friend will be in their class this year. Such smiles when they reunite with their classmates.
Janitors keeping things extra clean, who get to know the children by name.
Teachers who purchase extra supplies just in case a student isn’t prepared. Showing a caring heart.
School nurses who welcome the wounded and show patience to pretenders.
Dads smiling over the texts messages; photos of his dear ones.
Mothers left alone in a quiet house, quietly cleaning and working, preparing for when everyone gets back home again. Or off to work, glad to have something to do, with thoughts of her babies always there.
And so on.
Secret prayers, deep thought, problem solving, strings pulled behind the scenes, all sorts of people taking an interest and making good things happen for their communities.
. . . .encourage one another and build one another up . . . . .
“We can only see what we have grown an eye to see.” Rachel Remen
This little boy wants to be just like his older brother, so he found Ethan’s old backpack and claimed it for this school year.
Sarah only likes ponytails, so I took a quick picture just before twisting around the hair ties.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
……encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all……
Time again for an early morning “wave” from the next door neighbors as they get their kids off to school, too. We’re in this together.
……..anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad……
Have a wonderful day!
You are loved.