In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. Ephesians 6:16-18
The school buses have begun its routes once again, the hallways are filled with children’s feet, books have been dusted off and handed out to students, and moms everywhere are rejoicing! That must mean only one thing; school is back in session! September is always a good month of the year to get back into a good routine. Summer is fading away, vacations are coming to an end, and school and other activities have begun. As Christians September can be a good month to get back into a good routine. Of course my prayer as your Pastor is that you never fell out of a good routine, but I know we all lose sight from time to time! But here is a question for us to look at today. What does a good Christian routine look like? Let’s take a look. Above all we follow God’s command to keep the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. In one sense we are commanded to go to God’s house and hear the Word of God and keep it. We should not despise preaching but rather look forward to hearing what God has to share that day. In another sense we get to go to God’s house. If you knew that you were going to be given presents at a friend’s house you were invited to, you would look forward to going! We look at Sundays as a time that Jesus gives us presents, gifts of Word and Sacrament. The routine then continues throughout the week. September is a month when kids go back to school. So too we can remind ourselves that we are to always be learning and relearning the stories that the Bible shares. We can never know the Bible too much, and we will always be students. As we learn about the Bible, we then can share them with our kids, our cousins, our grandkids. Pick a book of the Bible and read it, get a bible study from CPH or the bookstore and work through it, or simply read the Portals of Prayer and the verses that they suggest you read. A good Christian routine is daily being in the Word. Finally, there are a lot of stories and teachings the Bible shares with us, but there is one lesson we should learn about often. By faith we can learn and believe that Jesus came to this world, died for this world, forgave the whole world, and is coming back to judge the world. In church we are always retelling this story, and there is no more important story to teach your family then the story of the Gospel. We want to pray for all those who are beginning a new school year. We pray for the students who are ready to learn, the teachers and principals who are prepared to educate our kids, and the staff who help to provide a great experience for our kids in the school. We are so thankful that we live in a world that allows our kids to grow up with a world class education.
To HIM be the glory,