Galloping out of the corral for this year's Buddy Basketball night was Lutheran North's mascot, Marty the Mustang. Marty cheered for the buddies and then posed for buddy pictures preserving a fantastic night.
A unique dimension to this year's Reading Buddies is that twelve of the second grade parents are Lutheran North alumni. It's a unique blessing to see my former students return to Lutheran North with their families and walk the hallways of their old high school.
It's even more important that all of these parents have selected Lutheran schools to help nurture their children's mind and more importantly, through the power of the Holy Spirit, their faith.
In his Large Catechism explanation to the Fourth Commandment, Dr. Martin Luther explains the important role parents have in their children's education:
- For if we wish to have excellent and able persons both for civil and Church leadership, we must spare no diligence, time, or cost in teaching and educating our children, so that they may serve God and the world. We must not think only about how we may amass money and possessions for them. God can indeed support and make them rich without us, as He daily does. But for this purpose He has given us children and issued this command: we should train and govern them according to His will...Therefore, let everyone know that it is his duty, on peril of losing the divine favor, to bring up his children in the fear and knowledge of God above all things (Proverbs 1:7) LC I 172