Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, Common English Bible).
We had such a great day in church yesterday as we honored and blessed our veterans. The celebration would not have been as grand if not for the Scouts of the Sweeny community. We had members of Cub Scout Pack 560 and Boy Scout Troop 561 along with the local Girl Scouts (sorry, I didn’t get their unit numbers) take part in the service. They brought in the colors, did a special flag ceremony featuring all branches of uniformed service along with the POW-MIA flag. It was a very moving ceremony that I am grateful all the Scout units could take part.
It is no secret, I love the Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout. Though I know much less about it, I have a growing respect for the Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the Girl Scouts’ laws or pledges. I do know the Boy Scouts and part of the Scout Oath kept playing through my mind during the morning service.
“On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country…” It is the beginning of the Scout Oath. I believe our Scouts did both yesterday. They honored God by being in worship. They honored country by honoring the Veterans of our church and community.
The writer of Proverbs (tradition says it was Solomon), says a great deal about the roles Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts within American Society. “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” When we train our children and do it right, they will grow into responsible, caring, adults. Scouting provides a great platform for young men and women. They are learning through Scouting. They learn to live for God and Country.
It is up to us, as adults, to keep reminding our young people, whether in Scouts or otherwise active teens, just how important is to honor God and our history. These young men and women are learning a part. I hope and pray they never depart from the faith lessons they have received today.
Yes, “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” It is all our responsibilities. I am grateful my Dad was asked to become the Scoutmaster. It was trying at times but I do know, he pointed a lot of boys in a direction they otherwise might never have gone. It is just such a blessing to see what can be a dramatic change in their lives.
That is what I am grateful for Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the ministry they provided by being part of our worship service.
That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? Are you kidding, I was born ready. I am grateful for our Scouts.
What are you grateful for today. Write it down in your journal and then tell someone what that means today. Then go out and tell someone about it.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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