Parson to Person: Securing the foundation
As the school year is drawing to a close, I was recently asked to write a brief introductory thought for our SonShine Academy yearbook. At the same time, I realized the time was drawing near for my contribution to the Parson to Person column. So not desiring to re-invent the wheel, I thought I’d share with you the thoughts I shared with the parents of our SonShine Academy students. They are just as applicable to all of us.
These thoughts are based on the following scripture passage.
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 ESV)
Foundations everywhere are being attacked. Even at the preschool level. All you have to do is read any newspaper and see that that which is basic to any child’s life (mainly strong parental involvement) is slowly being eroded away. All in the name of progress.
At SonShine we have the joy and privilege of securing the foundations of the children the Lord sends our way. We are able to give them Jesus Christ – the Church’s One Foundation. With that foundation these young ones are able to avoid being distracted by the things and worries of this world. They can grow in their life skills (reading, writing, and arithmetic) because they KNOW, without a doubt that their foundation, and their eternity, is secure in Jesus. The world cannot, and will not give your children that secure of a foundation.
It’s not about how much they know (although that’s important and nice!), it’s about Who they know, and the gifts of faith, hope, and love – forgiveness, life and salvation that Jesus has won for them. They then see this gift of knowledge not as a have-to command of a civil authority, but as a get-to gift from their Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I’m going to miss having these kids around our building, but I’ll see them around town, and even better than that, I’ll see them in Heaven. Thanks for sharing your children with us!
The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died. (Lutheran Service Book #644, vs. 1)