Mr. Hardy stood next to the television in our classroom. His eyes were bright as he explained what was happening during the early stages of the space shuttle lift-off. He pointed to the external fuel tank, the main engine thrusters, and the solid rocket boosters. He detailed their purpose as they propelled the Discovery into orbit around the earth. This man was a teacher, but on that day, he launched a child on an adventure of life long exploration.
God of infinite space and wondering, we give thanks for those who guide children on paths of learning and exploration. May we always be ones who foster environments where all God's children can hear the call and discover ways to respond. Amen.
Rev. Chad Snellgrove
Minister of Faith Formation for Children and Youth
Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)