Happy Friday, Parents!

In a clip from a 1973 Billy Graham sermon on Habakkuk, with the strong and passionate voice of an evangelist, Dr. Graham preached these words: “Habakkuk said, ‘God please tell me what you’re doing.’ And God said, ‘No. I’m not going to tell you Habakkuk. Because if I told you what I was doing, you wouldn’t believe it.’ If God today told us what He’s doing in the world, we wouldn’t believe it. Don’t you think God’s given up, and God’s abdicated, and God’s left the throne… He hasn’t. He’s still on the throne, and those of us who know Him put our trust in Him and Him alone. When all the rest of it fails and crumbles and shatters, He’ll be there.” He is with us.

My favorite thoughts about Christmas center around the words, “Emmanuel, God with us.” Trouble is sometimes I leave it for December, instead of practicing the presence of God all year long. Cling to this thought today, that He is with us.

Did you listen to Stephanie Chase’s video last week entitled “How to Decide What to Do About School Next Year?” If not, do it now. One clearly stated Truth was this: God’s Word is not Facebook; it is not a blog. By renewing the mind you KNOW His good and perfect will, and the peace that passes all understanding. School decision deadlines are arriving. Uncertainty is still rampant. School districts across the state are still kicking the opening dates down the road. And just like Habakkuk, God hasn’t told us what He’s doing in the world.

But have you been able to spend quality and quantity time “renewing your mind” in the Word this week? Have you let your requests be made known to Him? Are you keeping stride with His good and pleasing and perfect will for your child? Are you trusting He is working all things for your good?

The prayer the Kids Ministry Team Is praying over you this week is from the Numbers 6:22-27, the priestly blessing of Aaron, where he declares blessings of God over the people in the name of the Lord, and from Deuteronomy 28:6 and Exodus 33:14 where He promises His presence (God with us.) The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. May His presence go before you, and behind you, and beside you, all around you, and within you, in your coming and your going. He is with you.

Emmanuel. God with us.

Have you in our hearts,
The Kids Ministry Team