This morning as I got up and dressed, Oliver wandered into our bedroom. At our house Oliver talks the least, and wakes the earliest. So I changed his diaper, put a hat, jacket, blanket, gloves, and boots on him, and put him in the stroller. Once we were outside, I realized he was a little overdressed. The weather wasn’t as cold as it was last week. I attempted to take a few photographs today, but gave up when I realized my batteries were dead. So I just walked and prayed and pushed Oliver.
Today I took in the sites around our campus which are now becoming familiar:
- Teenage girls passing in a cloud of perfume.
- The tennis courts, and softball, football, and baseball fields.
- The Ag Department sign hanging on a chain link fence.
- The dismantled car near the Auto Education department.
- The open campus design with dozens of portable classrooms scattered about.
- Kids sitting in their cars or walking on the sidewalk listening to their mobile devices.
- The foreign language picnic tables, each painted like the flag representing their country.
- The large meetinghouse of the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” across the street from the front office.
- The alternative school just past the baseball fields.
- The “First Church of Christ, Scientist” and the “Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore” right behind the alternative school.
- Hispanic and Indian moms walking their kids to school.
- Teenage couples holding hands.
Today as I walked in Supplication, I prayed earnestly that the hearts and minds of our high school students would be turned toward Jesus Christ. There are so many distractions surrounding our young people, and so many things are vying for their attention. In John 14:6, Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The search for meaning and fulfillment through success, relationships, appearance, academics, athletics, technology, and spirituality will only leave them empty and longing for more. I pray that our high school students will come to know the truth and life that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
As we begin our second week, what is your prayer for your local high school?