First Day of Prayer

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. (Philippians 4:6, Common English Bible)

Young Timmy had reached school age, and his mother worked very hard to make him enthusiastic about the idea of school. She bought him new clothes. She told him about the other children he would meet. She got him so excited about the project that he eagerly went off on the first day. Timmy came home that afternoon telling his mom everything he could about what school was like. Well, the next morning, his mother went into the bedroom and said “Timmy, you need to get up. “What for,” Timmy asked. His mother simply replied, “You’ve got to go to school.” To which Timmy replied, “What, again?”

That was one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite jokes. I have no idea how many times that joke made it into one of his speeches.

All over the country students are making it back to class (in person or virtually). Some are already there. Some will begin tomorrow. The kids near where I live will start back tomorrow. The kids in Nacogdoches, where the church I serve is located will not start back until after Labor Day, or at least that is the latest thing I have heard.

This year, probably than any year in most of our memories, our kids, our teachers, and our school administrators need praying people in their communities more than any other time in my memory. No one knows how all this will come out in the end.

Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast and living all my life between here and the East Coast where I served in the Navy, hurricanes seem to be an added attraction to go with the beginning of school. I don’t remember many of the hurricanes of my childhood other than Hurricane Carla and I was a very small child, well before I started to school. I also don’t have strong memories of it.

Still, this is different and we could still face hurricanes squared and it looks very possible that school could get school disrupted by Hurricanes Laura and Marco this coming week.

It seems to me that what we face now is a time to pray. I wanted to take a moment and ask you to consider working with others in your church or community to create an organized prayer effort for your schools during the days ahead.

Pray for students
Pray for teachers, administrators, and school staff.
Put out a list of school staff asking others to be a pray partner for 1 or 2 of them
Have a student of the day/week, staff member of the day/week
Take the time to visit your local school(s) pray over buildings/classrooms
Put out a prayer calendar each month and ask people to follow along

The list of possibilities to lift up prayer for our schools is endless and if ever there was a need for prayer, it is now.

Little Timmy might have thought school was a one (day) and done proposition. We know it takes a day or two more than that and the kids around us like Timmy will, whether they know it or not, will need our prayers. Be a prayer hero for those kids. It will matter.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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