Sometimes God is very subtle, and sometimes He is not. A few weeks ago I was able to see more clearly than I ever have how beautifully He works through Lutheran Christian education. God made it pretty obvious.
Now, mind you, this isn't the first time I've learned this lesson. In fact, I've been learning it my whole life. You see, I've graduated from Lutheran grade school, Lutheran high school, Lutheran college, and twice from Lutheran seminary. My mom and my wife are Lutheran teachers. I've served 3 congregations with Lutheran elementary schools, and two of them had Lutheran pre-schools and childcare and supported Lutheran high schools as well. It shouldn't be so hard to figure this out, but I'm slow.
The way God made this all pretty obvious was my schedule. Within a few days I spoke at a Lutheran elementary school, Lutheran high school, and Lutheran university. The elementary school was one of our LUMIN Choice schools. Wow. To see the smiling faces-black, white, Hispanic-was moving enough, but to hear them interact during my message, shout out answers they learned from the Bible, and sing "The Lamb" in the most beautiful way ever, sealed it. One kid came up after chapel and thanked me for coming. Now, mind you, this particular LUMIN school is far from traditional. But Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed. And as we prayed Luther's morning prayer and the Lord's prayer together, I doubt our Savior was concerned about how traditional it was.