School days are upon us again. This means broken pencils and slow computers, late night study-sessions and pop-quizzes, classmate conflicts, “light bulb” moments, and lots and lots of reading.
But there’s something even more certain we can count on this school year: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all of the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6).
If you are in Christ, goodness and mercy shall surely follow you all of the days of your school year. The bad days and the good days. The days when you fail a test or get left out at lunch. The days when you finish a paper or make a new friend. God’s goodness and mercy are pursuing you like a pair of bloodhounds, each and every day—whether you see them or not.
“Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins,” explains Charles Spurgeon. Goodness shadows us, in the halls of our high school or by the kitchen table at home, providing all of the strength, wisdom, perseverance, and patience we need, to help us glorify God. And Mercy’s right behind, picking us up when we fall, pardoning our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ.
We may not know what discouragements or delights await us this school year, but surely God’s goodness and mercy will follow us, every single day.
Also…in honor of back-to-school, we have some more books to give away from The Good Book Company. Send us your favorite back-to-school tip, and we’ll choose four winners to receive The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross, written by Carl Lafterton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri.
Update: Winners are…
Tricia: Ask each child what they hope for/expect from their first semester at school. Then ask how you as parents can be praying for them. Repeat every semester or as necessary.
Ashley: Refresh your lower elementary students on their phonograms the week before because they forget a lot over the summer.
Kelsey: Make a list of easy lunches to pack so you don’t feel stuck trying to throw a bunch together in a hurry. Also having cupboards or drawers with school only snacks so your kids can help!
Christie: My favorite tip is to set reasonable, even low expectations for the year. Start simple and push yourself from there rather than starting out with a bang and ending with a fizzle.