Starting the School Year in a Pandemic

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by Kelly Shipp

School began yesterday for our family. Our kids have nervous excitement about some brand new beginnings, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We’ve done most of our school shopping (and I’m kicking myself for losing track of my TI-84 graphing calculator). We are ready, but this is not the readiness we remember. This school year is not beginning the way we envisioned. For us, and for each of your families, we are in unfamiliar territory and the terrain is uncharted.

It can be easy to slide into confusion and fear when we’re in an unfamiliar place.

When the freed Israelites were faced with a great unknown, they sang this to the Lord:

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.”

Exodus 15:13

They praised God as they faced their uncertain future because, in reality, there was very much that was certain.

Our God never stops loving us, even in our doubt and fear. He never stops leading us because we are his people. He will not let us go because He has saved us. He is strong, He is good, and He is in control. Jesus comforts us, his disciples:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”

John 14:1

Paul tells us:

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

God is not surprised by the beginning of this school year, and it’s going exactly to plan. Our kids are resilient, and they’re going to learn, because that’s what kids do.

Our main job as parents this fall? Cling to Jesus. Our kids will follow our lead and will grow and thrive in a home atmosphere that makes Jesus beautiful.

“All things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:16b-17

The Lord will meet you in amazing ways during this time. I am praying for each of your families.

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