Sharing Hope with the next generation

1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old — 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation, the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds, but would keep his commands. (Psalm 78:1-7 NIV)

One of the wonderful things about MECS that I greatly appreciate is its multi-generational nature. We have a great many families involved with MECS where the students are children (or even grandchildren) of past students. Likewise, many staff members are also past students of MECS. I have personally been a part of the MECS community since the mid 1980s, and it has been such a pleasure and blessing to teach more than one generation of a number of families, as well as working side by side now with a number of people I taught in years gone by. I also feel very grateful that my own daughters were able to be students here, one of which is now also a staff member here.

The faithfulness of earlier parents and grandparents, for even a decade prior to the commencement of the school in 1973 and in the decades following, also symbolises this strength and blessing which we enjoy in this school community. It is a community of hope and faithfulness. From its beginnings there has been an intentional sharing of this hope and trust in the Lord to the next generation. I thank God that he has blessed this ‘passing on of the baton’. Finding places of genuine community is not easy, and something that we should never take for granted. I believe that what we enjoy here is a real gift from God, a testament to his faithfulness, and the faithfulness of families and staff over the past half century.

Our young people are growing up in challenging times. They really need the hope and foundation of the gospel to navigate these challenges, and to discern between the many ‘voices’ speaking into their hearts and lives. As the psalmist exhorts us, it is so important that we are bold and prayerful as we continue to pass on to each generation the life changing, and worldview redefining, good news about Jesus who is Lord of all of life.