The Wyoming Valley SDA Home & School Association is currently working to form an Alumni Committee, as well as organizing an Alumni reunion. Alumni and friends of the WVSDA elementary have the opportunity to give back to future students, ensuring the school they attended remains strong for decades to come.
If you are an alumn, or know someone who is, please contact Mrs. Kathy Baksa at 570-751-3017 for more details.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
(Proverbs 17:6 ESV)
"LESSONS OF GRANDCHILDREN"
Being “grandpa” is lots of fun. We often remark how wonderful it is to have little ones around again. They give us such pleasure reliving days of raising the parent that was once the child of our home. We spoil them and have the luxury this time of sending them back to mom or dad when were ready for that to happen. And it’s interesting to see that so many characteristics unique to grandma or grandpa continue in these kids. I guess that’s the sign of a good or at least a strong gene pool. Of course, when we’re talking about their good looks or intelligence there’s some discussion over which side of the family those traits came from; as does their behavior at any given time. We “nana’s” and “papa’s” are a blessed bunch and we certainly know that our grand babies are pretty special.
I’ve discovered when I’m with them or caring for them, that there’s a lot I’ve forgotten. I forgot that there are so many questions and that the simplest experiences can be great adventures. Today, Will (daughter Mindy’s son) wanted to go “mining” along our shoreline. Gathering stones containing lots of mica was as good as finding nuggets of gold. And when a large hawk perched on our yard swing allowing us to admire his beauty and majesty for a few brief minutes, we embraced a moment together matching an African safari. How wonderful and magic is the joy of a child for the blessing of life. It’s amazing how small the world’s problems are from their perspective. They have little concern for the things that trouble us. The years haven’t made them cynical, problems haven’t tarnished dreams, disappointment hasn’t filled them with discouragement. They trust, believe and hope in what each day brings. They’re confident that our wisdom is important and that what we share is true. They have no difficulty accepting our faith in God and willingly follow our example in returning their love to Him. The mind and heart of a child is so impressionable and teachable.
Certainly, guiding them through the challenges yet to come is an important part of our role. But, there are lessons for us to learn, or relearn, from these little ones as well. We must learn to be more like them. Such was the instruction of Jesus. “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:3).
Unfortunately the graying years may erode our childlike faith. The competition of earning a living, surprising challenges and society’s rewards, encourage a more self-reliant existence. We’re taught that success and achievement are the result of our own intelligence, strengths, and talents. We become good at “doing it ourselves.” We can walk precariously close to the deistic precipice where God no longer is concerned or involved in the affairs of our lives. The experience of children brings us back to the reality of needing a heavenly Father’s guidance and care. By looking to us for answers, children teach us to look to the Father above for the questions we carry. Their teachable spirit, open to the instruction that prepares them for life reminds us that such a spirit is required by the Spirit of God, such simple trust is the goal of every Christian. For these reasons, we must always possess a childlike spirit. A lifetime’s wisdom is wasted without a youthful heart. “Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:4).
— Pastor Jerry LaFave