Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light

Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light

Thursday, 8 February 2018  | Narelle - Principal

One of my best concert experiences ever was seeing Leonard Cohen live in November 2010 at Rod Laver Arena. I went with a girlfriend and we had a fabulous night. One of our favourite lyrics, that we talk about often, was a couple of lines in the song ‘Anthem’,

Ring the bells
That still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen

The idea that even in our brokenness, the light is still seen and shines through, is a promise of hope not despair.

When I look back over the last four years of being Principal, we have put a lot of time, resources and energy into the ‘how’ of education. We have introduced new systems and processes to help us plan and document our ‘how’ better. We have built new buildings and refurbished others, so we can do our ‘how’ better. We have encouraged a professional learning culture that hopefully enables teachers to do the ‘how’ better with a deeply embedded Christian worldview. Even the development and support for our Ranges TEC campus is about doing the ‘how’ in a more appropriate way for the students who attend that campus. What we do and how we do it is important. It will remain important, and we will continue to invest appropriately into our ‘what’ and ‘how’.

However, it is not the ‘what’ and ‘how’ that inspires me to work hard in this role, to push through challenging situations, to make hard decisions and to remain positive and upbeat…it’s the ‘why’ that sustains those things. It is my passion for this school being a sneak-peek into the Kingdom of God for broken, bruised and cracked students that I love. It is bringing a context for wholeness, where understanding, knowledge, teaching, learning and wisdom can be explored in its rightful context to the Creator that I love. It is the fact that God can use broken, bruised, cracked people like me and the rest of our staff to accomplish His purposes that I love. It is playing my small part in God’s supreme reformation project that I love. 

Moreover, just as important as me having a clear and passionate understanding of my personal ‘why’, is our shared, community understanding of ‘why’. If we do not share an understanding of our ‘why’, then over time we may just look like every other hard-working school.

So let us clearly state our why!

We are in the business of transformation and restoration. As Christians, our core purpose is to be open to this in our own lives and to facilitate it for others. As a Christian community, our purpose and calling is to be Christ to each other. This can sometimes be messy, overwhelming, hard and relentless; but this is what grace is. However, it is also joyous, uplifting, inspiring and beautiful. What a privilege.

And as a Christian school community, transformation and restoration is worked out not only in the lives of our students, families and staff, but also through our curriculum. The written curriculum and unwritten is this bit of creation, this knowledge, this skill to be understood and transformed in the light of the gospel? How can I be part of restoring this ‘thing’ into how God created it to be? We need to be reminded that when people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything. How do we help our students stand firm in their faith when other seducing ‘stories’ are also vying for their attention?

AT MECS, we believe that God’s mission is to reconcile, renew and restore all things within His good creation so that His good creation may enjoy fulfilment and satisfaction in His presence, under His good rule and sovereignty. That is the message of the gospel and our hope and prayer at MECS. Ultimately, the promise of God’s grand narrative is one of hope. Our school, our world, and we, will be made whole again. The light shining through the cracks will overcome the darkness!

May 2018, our 45th Anniversary, be a year in which we see this vision lived out more clearly in the life of our community. We look forward to a year of partnering together in this vision.


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