Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Meet Me At The Pole
Yep!! I crawled out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to go support our young people as they proclaimed their "party affiliation". That would be their connection to Jesus. Today was National Meet Me At the Pole day where young people all across the country were congregating around the flag poles of their schools to sing and pray for their schools, their friends and our country.
This is a student led event, but they love that some adults come out to support and encourage them. I hadn't gone to the pole in quite a few years, but I've been filling in as a Sunday School teacher this year and I told my 9th and 10th grade girls that I would be there to support them. Let me tell you, all the hugs and kisses I received sure made it worth getting up in the dark.
These kids, from many different churches in our small community, were spectacular as they sang, clapped and praised God. I saw kids I haven't seen in quite a while since I'm no longer working at the library. It really warmed my heart. After singing and reading scripture, we broke into smaller groups to pray for the school, community and country. There were some specific prayers for kids who were ill or having a difficult time. It was really cool.
This is Spirit Week at our school, Cheryl, and I mentioned it to several of the girls who were dressed in formal attire. My SIL, a dear Catholic sister, was with me. Later, she said "Why would they dress in gowns for Spirit Week?" I said that each day is something different during the week leading up to Homecoming. She started to laugh and said, "Oh, I thought you were talking about the Holy Spirit". We both got a chuckle out of that.
Speaking of SIL, we have had such a delightful time together this past few days. She arrived on Sunday afternoon and left for home about an hour ago. We shopped, talked, laughed, talked, ate, read, talked and ate. It was a really nice time for us to grow our relationship. She comes from a large family and has many sisters with whom she is close. Having no living siblings, my relationship with her is all the more precious to me.
I found some delicious muffin recipes in the newspaper this week. I think I'll bake some to surprise hubby when he arrives home later today.