Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld
from me your son, your only son."
- The other night a boy (sombody's son, brother, friend...) who went to Playmaker's school was shot/killed! right on the route Playmaker takes to get to school - apparently during an argument over a parking space at a party....
- Yesterday, one student leading the the Pledge of Allegiance (via the video monitors in the classrooms) left out the words "under God" & threw everyone off.
- Last yr when Playmaker had a major paper to do, she used the biblical account of David & Bathsheba as a past ex. of a timeless theme from Romeo & Juliet - but her teacher wasn't even familiar w/ the account & didn't seem impressed. What more familiar/magnificient/profound literature- historical (timeless!) record - could she have chosen an ex. from?!
When Playmaker was given an assignment to make a poster favoring the theory of evolution, she asked - & was given permission - to do one that exposed the holes in the theory of evolution as well - & in this case, her teacher seemed impressed.
I could go on & on listing examples that challenge Playmaker's faith at school day in and day out bc they fly in the face of the Almighty, the One we've placed our faith in & whom we love, serve & worship.
While all of this can be (is!) so unsettling to a (this!) mother's heart, the so-called "Hall of Faith" record in Hebrews 11 comes to mind & the thought occurs to me - that while the powers that be may be somewhat successful at removing God from textbooks, lessons, & the Pledge of Allegiance ... He promises never to leave her or forsake her. Wrapped in that promise (Hebrews 13:5) is the assurance that as long as she is there, He is too(!) - & I'm confident that w/ each step/choice she (key word here) takes/makes in faith, our faith .....becomes more her own.
each person you come into contact with is Christ."
by Francis Chan
w/ Danae Yankoski