Today I am holed up in my office at school. Fortified by countless cups of coffee and a tasty school lunch, I am here to peck away at my next project, which is updating this “In the Word” column for the website. I am wracking my brains trying to figure out what to say and how to stretch it out into a column’s worth of text (much like my students).
The problem is just late last week, the glaciers receded and spring has a tenuous foothold both on the daily weather and my imagination. I keep looking outside. I keep finding reasons to go outside. This morning one of our St. Paul member’s who regularly mows our campus grass stopped in to talk to me about the lawn mower here at school. I felt compelled to go outside and check out the lawn.… what was up with that? Must have been an excuse to get outside. I just can’t seem to get focused and motivated to write today. I must have spring fever but I know there is a devotion in here somewhere…
I wonder if that was how the Apostle John felt when he started to write his Second Epistle. He seems to have had a limited repertoire that day. He only got so far. Maybe John was distracted by the sunshine, a warm breeze or the smiles of other people enjoying those things and so he only writes 13 verses; very short, very to the point.
John cuts to the chase in this letter. He says, “I ask that we love one another.” He shares an important key element of love; Stay connected to the truth of God’s word and His commands. Do not stray.
It’s easy this time of year to get distracted by other stuff. The winds of change are blowing in and the weather is changing in more ways than one. As we come to the close of our year, remember to hold on tightly to your children. Hold them close to the truth, knowledge and purpose of God’s word and commands.
Know that even though we might get distracted at times we will be here for you, helping along the way as you parent your children.
Pray boldly, love powerfully and remember our mission and purpose, Leading Children in Their Christian Faith Walk.
I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
2 John 5b-6