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Back to School Children Crossroads Baptist Church Marshall TXI will have to say I am speechless, proud, hopeful, grieving, and to a certain extent living in denial. You see, our baby girl leaves the house on Monday, August 26 for her last first day of this leg of her education. It is startling how quickly these days have arrived. Many of you have told me, after you stepped off the dance floor having just shared a dance with your just married daughters, how fast these days come. It is just hard to understand it until you are in them. It feels like I am standing in the middle of the front stretch at the Daytona 500. The cars racing past, the overwhelming feeling that there is nothing I can do slow down what is happening all around me. If I move the wrong way or take a wrong step I will get run over. I have no choice. I cannot deny the rate of change or the speed at which life is moving. So give me a car. I want to get up to speed. I want to enjoy these days of my children’s growth into adulthood. I am now more of a coach than a teacher. We are learning together. Becoming wiser, and more discerning together. What exciting times!

We are all in a similar spot. Whether your children are taking their first steps or asking for the keys to the car. Maybe you are rebooting your parenting skills with a new grandchild or walking with your grown children through their own difficulties. Whatever stage of parenting we are each in, I am so thankful for you and the children you are influencing. Prayer is one of the great influencers, for us personally as well for our loved ones. Right praying moves us into the heart of God and helps us to see our circumstances the way that He sees them. They also help us to keep what is most important for our loved ones (i.e. our children, grandchildren, etc.) in a prioritized position. I encourage you to join me in these prayers for our children and grandchildren, as well as their teachers and other faculty: Let’s be determined to pray for their PEACE.

  •  The peace that comes from knowing God through salvation. (Romans 5:1)
  • The peace that comes from depending on God every day. (Philippians 4:7)
  • Let’s be determined to pray for their PURITY. The purity that results from loving God with an ever increasing passion and desperation. (2 Timothy 2:22)
  • Let’s be determined to pray for their PURPOSE. The purpose of God’s people is to make much of Him, not much of ourselves. (Ephesians 1:3-10)

Let’s be determined to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit, the abiding presence of Christ, and for the manifest presence of God to be a moment to moment experience in our lives as well as in the lives of our children, grandchildren, teachers, administrators, and community.

David Rice Pastor Crossroads Baptist Church Marshall txBro. David