This past Sunday we “blessed the backpacks” of our students that are going back to school. We had 4 jillion backpacks on the platform and it was a great part of our service for sure.
One kid, a 7th grader sat behind me during the service, his mom had dropped him off and left. I saw him bring his backpack in, it was beat up, worn out and you could tell his family was not in a position to spend $30 - $40.00 on a new one.
As our student pastor taught these kids all I could do was stare at this well used, dirty and out of shape backpack that was right in front of me on the platform - I know God doesn’t shame us, but I felt like Peter after he denied Jesus the third time.
John the Baptist (love his name) told us, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise (Luke 3:11).” Does this precept apply to those who can’t afford a new backpack? I’m asking for a friend.
I like the story about the guy throwing starfish back into the sea that had washed up on the shore overnight. Another man came along and told him he was crazy, that there were too many starfish and that this guy’s effort wouldn’t matter. As he picked up another starfish and threw it back into the water, he replied, “It matters to this one.”
My bleeding heart can’t fix everyone or everything but I can fix this problem and I think it will matter. If you need me, I’ll be online with L. L. Bean changing the world one backpack at a time. He told me to tell you that.