2 Corinthians 9:8-9 (NRSV) reads:
And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
As it is written,
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness (or benevolence) endures forever.”
This Sunday, we will have a “Blessing of the Backpacks” in worship. We are getting ready to start with a lot of educational endeavors in Edmond following Sunday’s service and it is appropriate to recognize God’s partnership in this.
Because Wesleyans believe in Sanctifying Grace, we believe that God wants us to further ourselves in knowledge. By equipping ourselves in this way, we are better able to help those we encounter. This allows each of us to become more Christlike. And so, we do this not by ourselves. We are not isolated in our efforts to improve. We don’t see ourselves competing with one another educationally. As the Body of Christ, we believe that all people should pursue and receive education. In this, we see God working with us, helping us along our way.
This Sunday, the Blessing of the Backpacks will remind us of the spiritual help available to us throughout the school year. Education is sometimes difficult and we often need strength and courage and endurance. Sometimes we need to relax amidst the pressure to remember what we know. God helps us with these tasks and we want to recognize this on Sunday.
If you live in the Edmond area and will have a student (any age or level) in your household, I would encourage you to bring them and their backpacks to worship with us this Sunday (8:30, 10:50 or 11:00 am) and we will begin their year with a blessing!
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