Went to Ashton’s second-grade school program yesterday and was touched more than I expected to be. I went as a dutiful, loving grandma but knew within a few minutes of the program starting that I would get much more out of the program than I expected.
The program began with the pledge of allegiance, and I teared up a bit right then. We live in a great country, and certainly one of the things I’m grateful for this season is to live in the United States of America. And while the program certainly had much to do with the founding of this country, it went far beyond that.
It actually spotlighted all sorts of different landmarks in the world’s history, including the Reformation, the translation of the Bible, and Christopher Columbus discovering America. Much of the program had to do with people’s desire for religious freedom, and how that desire led the pilgrims to America. It also talked about how each of us has an important role to play in the world, and I loved being reminded of that.
It kind of goes along with our Statement of the Heart, that we can each make a difference in our own way. I love that these young children are learning that! I know Thanksgiving is still a week away, but this program was a great reminder to start the season feeling grateful and blessed. . .