Everything New

Times change. Babies are born. Grandparents are gone. Families split. Marriages happen. And nothing seems to stay the same.

Take, for example, our CDC. Teachers over this year have come and gone. The pestilence, a.k.a., Covid, shook our foundations for how our children and their parents have been able, or unable, to connect with our staff at the CDC, or even connect with their own children once they reached the driveway. Teachers and staff came out to sign the children in, get them into face masks, take their temperatures, and then take them from our arms and our care into the depths of the building. Over the two years, we have been given reprieves to some extent, but we're still having to leave the children in the vestibule of the building while they are escorted to their classrooms and we, the parents and caregivers, are left to wonder what just happened.

On the "up" side of change and new things, our CDC is having its first spring program in real time, in real life, within touching distance of other families in over the two-year period, also. This week, our Pre-kindergarteners will "walk" the stage in their caps and gowns and we'll be there in person to watch them and celebrate the new life that awaits them. 

And the newest thing to happen for the CDC and this special event is that it will take place outside behind the new "barn" where there is a patio area and a huge outdoor auditorium for the families of these children to sit and watch! The patio area is where the children will present their program, and the grassy area in front of the patio will be where we can put our blankets, chairs, hammocks and strollers to enjoy the evening. Together. 

These couple of years have been a rough time for us. Not all changes are good, and not all things new are great. However, as children and the caregivers of these amazing little people, we have to give thanks to God for all of His blessings and His unfailing love for us, because with His provision, we are here. As this season in our journey of life comes to another path to take, may we all remember that we are not alone; our children are not forgotten; our lives are in God's hands always. And we are all loved by our Creator and our Redeemer. 

May we and our families find joy in what God has done, and continues to do, for us.

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Caring for God’s Earth 

What do you think would be the coolest job? Racecar driver? Singer? Zookeeper? Adam, the first man who ever lived, had a pretty cool job. Listen to what Genesis 2:19 says about it: 

“Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” 

Wow! God let Adam name the animals. God also put Adam in charge of caring for a beautiful garden called Eden (Genesis 2:15). 

Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” The Earth belongs to God. All of the animals and people are also His. When God asked Adam to care for His creation, He was asking him to be a steward and take care of His property. 

We are called to be stewards, or caretakers, of God’s creation, too. For example, not everyone in the world has enough clean water to drink, but others waste water every day without even realizing it. Did you know that if you turn off the tap water while brushing your teeth, you can save about 7 gallons of water each day? Small changes can make a big difference. 

You may not have a job right now (other than going to school), but all of us have been entrusted with taking care of the things on the Earth, such as water, plants and animals, that belong to God. And that’s a pretty cool job. 

Dear Jesus, Thank You for creating a beautiful world for me to live in. Thank You for trusting me to care for the Earth and the things You have created. Show me how to be a good steward. Amen.