See You At The Pole

Tomorrow is a bittersweet day for me.  In a normal year, tomorrow marks one of my favorite days of the year.  Tomorrow, kids around the country will be joining together for See You At The Pole.  This is an annual event where students gather at their school’s flagpole to pray for their friends, families, teachers, and country.  This is always a big event for us, and it is something that we take very seriously.  I typically have someone at each school 30 minutes before the start of school.  We have had as many as 300 at one school, and as few as one girl at a local middle school.   

This year, covid has changed all that…maybe.  Non-school employees are not allowed on campus.  I have even heard that some schools will not allow the gathering because of social distancing.  It wasn’t even broadcasted this year, as most realized that it would not happen because the youth pastors were not allowed on campus unless they already worked for the schools.  Yes, that is a tough pill to swallow.  There is one major issue here though… 

See You At The Pole was never meant to be about the youth pastors.  It was always supposed to be student led.  Youth Pastors just seem to come in and do what comes naturally…take over and pastor kids.  So maybe this year things will actually be how they were intended to be.  Maybe the students will stand up and take charge in the absence of us.  So now, what are we supposed to do? 

Well, that answer is simple, and I will ask all of you to join with me in this.  Let’s lift our students up in prayer tomorrow morning.  Let’s pray that the students have learned enough to do this without the presence of adults.  Let’s pray that these students have the best year they have ever had.  With everything going on this year, students have it rougher than they ever have, but they serve a God who is so much stronger than anything they will be facing.  Join me in praying that the God we serve will start a fire in these young people, not to show us what the students can do, but that He will continue to show us how amazing He is and that there is nothing that He can not do. 

-Pastor Derrick