The Challenge Ahead
Psalm 72:4 (The Message)
“Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy.”
This is the worst week of the year for a teacher. Summer’s glorious vacation days are over. No more carefree days of fishing, biking, thinking this is just what retirement will be like. And we don’t have children in our rooms yet. Instead, many of us have to endure meetings, and more meetings, meetings about meetings, and then more meetings. I’m not saying I dislike meetings, I just wish we never had any.
Today in a meeting I learned something fascinating. According to a study adults who are on welfare have a working vocabulary equivalent to a 3-4 year old growing up in a home with parent(s) who are professionals. This alerts our minds to the challenge ahead.
When we think of needy children as the Psalmist pointed out we should, did you ever think that a need was a language deficit? How about a student who told me (post high school) he had never been to the dentist? Did he deserve to be stood up for? Of course.
Pray for your inner city schools and teachers. Pray for the students in these schools. Pray for ways in which you could help the children of the needy.