Recently I was at a funeral. Funerals are often one of those bittersweet times, where loss is felt, but also where families and friends come together and celebrate the life of the one they loved. At this particular funeral, I overheard a lovely moment between a mother and her child. The child sang out as they left “Bye Pa - see you soon, I’ll miss you!” His mother immediately encouraged him and talked with him about eternity and the life we have in Christ - she didn’t miss an opportunity!
As I reflected on this, I was reminded of the awesome responsibility as both parents and teachers to engage in the conversations that point our children towards God and that speak truth about our purpose in life. We are taught to train a child in the way they should go, and they will not depart from it (Prov 22:6). So often, we can fall into thinking this is just about behaviour, but it is so much more. What do we want our children to know and understand about life? Where do we want their security and identity to be? How do we teach them about the very great love that our God has for them that is deeper, wider and higher than any other - that is so complete it led to the ultimate sacrifice. It can be easy to draw back from these moments, to hope that our children will somehow realise these things on their own - but engagement is key. Conversations are time consuming and at times challenging - but they are so worth it.
Part of Christian education is to commit to conversation. In all that we do - whether teaching, parenting, running activities, having lunch, assemblies - conversations that place God at the centre is an integral part of our mission. He is in and through all of life, and no moment is untouched by Him. Part of our commitment as a Christian School - partnering together as parents and staff - is to recognise God’s place in all of life and to share with our children how very great His love is for them. We are serious as a school about submitting our plans to God and ensuring that all we do is considered through the lens of reflecting who God is.
Funerals are interesting times. We can come away feeling regrets about the things we did and didn’t do. We can also depart feeling inspired to do better - to make sure that we don’t miss those little moments to share with someone. Can I encourage you to step into those conversations as we partner together to help our children live active lives for God.