Do you remember, as a child, those last lazy days of August, soaking up the last bit of summer before the new school year would start? You made every attempt to get that last bit of fun in before your days filled with school work.
Preparing for the New School Year
Over Labor Day weekend you shopped for new clothes and new supplies. I remember taking brown grocery bags and cutting them up to make book covers for my books. That was back in the day when, as children, we had actual hardcover text books, that our parents paid for and we could keep! (I went to Catholic grade school).
Palpable hope exuded in the atmosphere that the new school year would bring about great things; a fresh new start. After having many weeks off for summer, I actually looked forward to learning new things, by going back to school; another year older, in a higher grade.
Embracing New Beginnings
We don’t have to be children to have that sense of hope for new beginnings. We just need to look toward Christ to show us the way that He wants us to take, and then have the courage to take that first step. He will continue to lead us, as one of my absolute favorite biblical passages tells us:
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot. (Jer. 29:11-14).
As I begin to celebrate this upcoming Labor Day weekend, I lift my glass in a toast: Here’s to a fantastic new school year for all the children, filled with hope. Here’s to us adults, knowing God has great plans for us; plans to give us hope!
Illustration taken from “Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience” – Illustrator: Carole Hahn Panzner