Well, another year has come and gone; not the one we were expecting of course, but a good one nevertheless!
How can it be a good one, you might ask? Particularly in a week when we have seen our first little COVID-19 outbreak amongst our primary students, Year 6 Graduation was cancelled, weekend plans were up-ended...
It was good because God is good! And His loving presence has been with us yet again in 2021.
One of the privileges, but also one of the responsibilities of being a Christian, is that we daily choose to live out of a different story. A story of hope, love, compassion and peace... we are to seek the common good, bring words of comfort and hope, be people of love and compassion. We are to be sign-posts to the Kingdom of God and his eternal purposes.
It is sometimes easier to live out of other, smaller stories, even for a short season, because we are fearful and anxious. Things are not comfortable or how we would like them to be... things are not fair, not predictable. I would like to promise that next year is going to be better, but I can’t!
The thing is... our children are watching; our community is watching. The world is watching what Christians are doing and saying during these times. This is an unprecedented opportunity to be God’s people – at peace, in community, doing God’s work.
Let’s not miss this opportunity now or in the future at MECS! We have such a positive reputation in the broader community for going above and beyond for each of our students. Let’s have a positive reputation for being more than that! Let’s be great at being the people of God in all seasons of life, even through trials and tribulations. Romans, chapter 5 reminds us that -
“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling short-changed. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”
As always, we wish you a blessed Christmas, and a happy and healthy one! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! And to those families and staff moving on to new things; may God richly bless you in the future.