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To the editor:
It’s amazing to live in small town America where one can be reminded that “friendly, growing Lawrenceburg, Kentucky” can still be a place where the climate and culture of what made us great as a nation still exists.
It was great to see the emotion of our small part of the world step forward when all of the controversy surrounding whether or not we could pray developed last week. It was wonderful for a football team to see the emotions of a coach who was willing to stand up for what he believes in as a Christian.
Thank you, Mark Peach, for continuing to demonstrate that faith, family, football and excellence in academics is more than just a slogan repeated many times a season.
It was nice to see a superintendent who was willing to take time to visit with the Christian parent of a football player and his son for 45 minutes when we know that your schedule is full every day. Thank you, Sheila Mitchell, for your efforts to balance the job you have as the educational leader of our school system, your personal faith and your commitment to all children. It was wonderful to participate with a group of parents before the game in prayer and to have someone with a strong personal commitment to the Lord lead us. Thank you, Paul Barrick, for a prayer that I know pleased the Lord tremendously and was encouraging to us as parents. Perhaps this is a First Amendment right that needs to be a permanent part of our parents pregame. Maybe it’s something we, as parents, have overlooked in our efforts to turn everything we do over to the Lord. And wasn’t it great to see the stands filled to capacity and an amazing turnout on the field following the game.
Thank you pastors, youth and music ministers and those who use the electronic media to get the word out about this being a time when Christians needed to show up, step forward, speak out.
But most importantly, it was great to see our kids stand up in the face of an incredible challenge to their faith by showing the Christian leadership we all hope and pray they will have as the future of this community and the country we all love. Whether it was the devotional the day before, the special moment in the pep rally, the postgame prayer and the invitation to “Elvis” to join their group, it made us all proud to be a small part of an incredible Christian community where God is still in control.
In the weeks ahead, let’s not allow what happened last week to be forgotten. Let’s use that experience to rekindle our efforts to pray on a consistent basis for those who impact the lives of our children.