September 9, 2015
This is my favorite time of the year. As a life-long Christian who has devoted my entire adult life to the church, this may seem strange. Shouldn’t my favorite time of year be Christmas or Easter? Of course, these are among the most important, holiest of holy days in my life, but the end of August and beginning of September are simply my favorite.
School has started! Our students are back in the building!! It’s the beginning of a new year – a clean slate, if you will! Another chance to achieve and accomplish and to soar!
This year, Martin Luther School’s theme is especially meaningful to me – it is based on one of my favorite scripture passages:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Each autumn we come together to start another school year. For some, school is a source of joy; for others, it is a source of anxiety and trepidation. We come back from summer with new stories and new sorrows, new goals and new challenges. For those who are tired, starting another school year seems like just another chore.
For me, the start of a new school year can’t come soon enough. Whether it is walking through the hallways shaking hands or counting quarters at lunch, I thrive on the school building being full of students.
My favorite part of the week, however, is when I sit with you in Chapel and listen to God’s Word. No matter how tired I am, each week when we join together in fellowship to hear the God’s promises, I am renewed. Our theme verse for the year explains this renewal: how great it is that our Heavenly Father does not grow faint or weary! The One who created the Heavens and Earth not only gives us strength but the promise of everlasting life through his son Jesus Christ.
Just as the Lord blesses us with His word, so we should bless each other with our actions. I hope and pray that this academic year becomes a blessing to you as you soar to new heights in the upcoming school year.
In His Grace and Mercy,