• Woke Teachers!

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Mindful Matters series 2021

    Week of February 21, 2021


    Woke Teachers!

    Start with a song. It is an important part of the devotion. Sing along (if only inside your head).


    Woke has accumulated popularity as a word to describe cultural awareness of current social, political, historical and maybe even pedagogical issues. In educational environments of days long gone, one teacher at Leviticus Lutheran School, Mr. Snarly, often dozed during his own classes. That is, until the entire class would simultaneously push their six-pound text books off their desks. Mr. Snarly became a woke teacher. Worthy of his name.

    None of this is to minimize the serious character of woke. To be woke, you need to examine the past, especially the past that many people would prefer to remain in the past. To be woke carries with it not only facts of the past but often feelings of bitterness, anger, angst and retribution. More nobly, woke would lead to repentance and reform.

    God’s people of old, even in their ancient culture, often needed an awakening in their wokeness. God said, “You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forth I announce to you new things, hidden things that you’ve not known” (Is. 48:6). His children often forgot what God had done for them. They forgot His expectations too. And then there was a whole body of knowledge they didn’t even know.

    Being woke is one thing. Knowing what to do with it is another. Paul said, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).

    Woke up. Discuss with your class their spiritual past—and their spiritual future.

    Music matters: Tell out my soul…

    Mindful matters: What wokeness do you need to share with your class?


    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: ESV®

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