A few years ago, I ran in a 5k race during the Bishop’s BBQ held at Gray Center. After the race, I was surprised to hear my name called when Bishop Gray began handing out awards. Never did I expect to finish third in my age group. I felt as if I had accomplished something. There were many people participating in the 5k who were serious runners, and I was not one of them.
This past Sunday I was thrilled to see such a great group of kids bring their backpacks to the Chapel to be blessed before another school year: from little ones grinning from ear to ear, so proud of their first “big kid” backpack, to teenagers geared up for the challenges of another year. I was also glad to see so many teachers and administrators stand with our young people to receive our prayers for a excellent and safe school year. As a parent, I am so grateful for the ministry of teachers – they do so much and care so deeply about our kids and they can not be thanked enough.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you are a parent. If you are a student, chances are you’re dreading the days ahead. However, that blanket statement does not apply to everyone. There are those students out there who eagerly look forward to the start of a new school year and new opportunities to learn. They are to be commended on their eagerness. The start of school begins routines again.