Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are?

Thursday, 20 November 2014  | Narelle - MECS Principal
One of the most interesting shows on TV in recent years has been SBS’ ‘Who do you think you are?’ It profiles the family history of a ‘minor-celebrity’ as they seek to uncover the truth of their family’s history. The participants are often in tears as they learn some horrible or sometimes noble truth about their ancestors. It’s as if the present day person’s identity is somehow wrapped up in the past and what they learn about their ancestor has a real impact on the understanding of who they are in the 21st century.

This is only one of a number of shows, documentaries and books that are on the market at the moment that seek to address some of the ‘big’ questions of life – Who am I? Where am I? What is the problem? What is significant about this time in history? What is the solution? In fact, these questions are the classic ‘worldview’ questions. These questions can be asked of any religion or philosophy in an attempt to understand what the ‘big story’ or meta-narrative of that religion is.

Christianity can be explained and explored in this way as well. In fact, one of the great privileges of serving in a Christian school is that we seek to reveal with our students how the Christian story makes sense of all these big questions in life. Our identity, our purpose, the nature of good and evil, how the story will end, what we do in the meantime – can all be found in the Christian story as revealed in the Bible.

Without this story, or indeed living life with a different worldview – can lead to uncertainty, confusion, pessimism and a rationalism that sees no place for God. Recently I came across this poem which I found really challenging as a critique of our times; an age that seems intent on denying the place of God as the one who holds all things and all knowledge together.

Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts...they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.

I really the like idea or metaphor of God’s story being the loom on which we weave the fabric of life. Without this loom, all things lose their purpose and meaning and lie ‘unquestioned and uncombined’. As we further develop this metaphor we see that the quality of the loom is vital. In a book that I read recently about the medieval silk industry in Britain and Europe, it was the loom that was most treasured. The ‘master’ weavers had the best looms and these were passed from one generation to the next. It was the quality of the loom that enabled the finest of silks to be made.

I am enormously proud of the fact that MECS seeks to place the ‘loom’ of God’s story at the centre of all that we do. I trust that as you hear week by week the activities and experiences that your child enjoys here at MECS that you too will be excited that the grand story of God and his redeeming work is alive and well in this school and in the way that we seek to educate your children.

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