|Huddle at Bluffs Middle School|
I remember a sort of nervousness as a high school student heading out early for See You At The Pole. Who would be there? What if I’m the only one? What are they thinking as they walk by? Hey, why didn’t that kid stop and pray with us? As a youth minister, I’ve seen the same anxious thinking in my students when they start thinking about SYATP (or other very public evidence of their faith). They deeply want to know they’re not the only one…
This is my first year as a parent of a Middle Schooler, so I got an even closer look at that angst in my own house this time around. Emily was nervous that she’d show up early and be stuck like “the cheese”, standing alone. Her fear was assuaged a little bit by the fact that her friend Faith was riding with us and would be there, too, but it was obliterated when we rounded the corner and she saw several of the older Middle School students already there. “There’s Austin… and Maddy… and Emily… and Liz…” The list continued.
|Praying at Bluffs Middle School|
After dropping the two girls off with a handful of friends, I drove a couple blocks to a coffee shop where I’ve been meeting a group of men for our own time of prayer on Wed. mornings to let them know I wasn’t going to be staying today. I was hoping to stop back at the Middle School to pray and take a couple quick pictures. By the time I got back, the cluster had grown to include more students, a couple teachers, and a few parents and younger siblings – and everyone gathered to pray.
|The SYATP Remnant at Scottsbluff High School|
Hoping to make it over to the High School, which was starting a little later, I snuck away as the students prayed. As it turned out, the High School kids had bumped the time back up so that the band students could be there. They were mostly done when I arrived, but half the group was still there, so I got to wrap up the prayer time. I’m proud of our students who’ve stepped out and brought people together to pray. God is working in our students and they’re eager to see what He will do.
I enjoyed stopping by the closest 2 schools this morning to pray with my students and their friends and teachers and a few parents. I wish I could have made it to my students in other schools that aren’t so close, but I’ll just have to wait until tonight to see how their mornings went.