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“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands; that I still possess.” - Martin Luther

When I read it, I am moved to ask the question; what have I placed in God’s hands? In baptism, parents, godparents and the entire community of faith indeed place into God’s hands children brought to the font. Specific responsibilities are placed upon the parents, sponsors and upon the whole community of faith: As you bring your children to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities: to live with them among God's faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace. Parents and sponsors take on these responsibilities and the community of faith pledges to support them in their efforts. Sadly the above pledge is treated lightly and many children who are baptized seldom see the inside of a church unless it is for a funeral or a wedding. Why does this happen?

Because many of us too often fail to truly place the lives of these young children in God’s hands. We instead place their lives into the hands of coaches and trainers, teachers and television, social media and the care of the creators of video games. Please understand that there is nothing wrong with good coaches, trainers, teachers; their involvement is essential for the development of the lives of young people. But if this alone is who we trust, have we not failed in our promises to God and to our children? Is it any wonder that
many who are baptized drift away and are never seen again? We have failed to place the lives of these young people into the hands of God. What is most important is to remember it is not merely the failing of parents, or godparents but the Church as a whole. We fail to put our own lives in the hands of God and therefore fail to place others in God’s hands. Is it any wonder that children and young people are leaving the Church? What good is our pledge to care for young ones, each other and the world if we fail to live our lives according to the pledges and promises we make? Integrity is a word that makes all the difference when we remember to live it out in our daily lives. Faith is a word that proclaims where we have placed our lives. A pledge made to God and the integrity to live out our pledge is essential for the well-being of children and adults alike. Who we are is the result of our words and our lives being in sync. Placing our lives and all that we are in God’s precious hands will hold us fast in the fullness of God’s grace and guide us as a people who can indeed make a difference for the entire world.

Nov. 1st – Parent/Teacher Conference
Nov. 15th – Thanksgiving Feast
Nov. 16th – Holiday Pictures
Nov. 17th – Audubon Zoo Field Trip (No Aftercare)
Nov. 20th – Nov. 24th – Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Verse for the month of November…I am the Good Shepherd. John 10:11
Peace,

Maritza Sprague

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