One of the problems with getting older is that you tend to forget where you heard or read something. That being said, several years ago I heard or read the term “Grace Place” and that struck me as being appropriate for Lutheran Schools. Lutherans Schools should be a “Grace Place.” What is a “Grace Place”? It is place in which the undeserved love of Christ is shared each day with students, parents, faculty, and staff. It is a place in which the love of the Christ is evident in the words and actions of all concerned.
There are only one or two little obstacles that keep us calling ourselves a “Grace Place.” The first is sin! The last time I looked, we were all sinners we make mistakes and are in need of forgiveness many times every day. Does that sound like a “Grace Place?” The second obstacle is the Devil. The Bible describes the Devil as “a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.” Well, he is working overtime in Lutheran Schools tempting teachers, “go ahead lose your temper with that student; they deserve it”, tempting students, “go ahead misbehave in class it doesn’t hurt anyone,” tempting parents, “go ahead gossip about that teacher they deserve it.” You know what – maybe this is a “Grace Place,” because we are all in need of God’s undeserved love and through Christ we indeed have it!