”We have such a great group of parents,” a long-time friend said the other day as we compared notes on how our 8th grade fundraising efforts for Washington D.C. were going. As I hurried on, I couldn’t help but think about what she said and recognize its significance.
My children have greatly benefited from their experiences at Good Shepherd — but so have I. Many friendships have developed while sharing a bumpy bus ride on a field trip, sitting in the bleachers cheering on our team, or staying up late decorating for a big event at school. I wouldn’t trade these experiences in for anything.
And now that my oldest is in 8th grade, I’ve witnessed our parents coming together for this final stretch of our children’s junior high education. Parents coming together to work no matter how long or how late; parents donating time, talent and trades; parents showing their love of Christ by supporting Good Shepherd’s mission, our kids and also each other.
Hebrews 13:15-16 says, “With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of His name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.”
This year will fly by fast, but the exponential value of working together will linger for a lifetime as we relish the experiences we have shared and, even more importantly, as our children grow up to model our example. Thank you Good Shepherd and 8th grade parents!