30 Apr Message from the Head of School April 21
Our son gave us some good news today – he has strep throat. Now, in what universe is having strep good news?!? Apparently in our universe. It’s good news because it wasn’t COVID-19. Also, in our universe it’s good when only 400 people die in a day, if 500 died in that same city yesterday. It’s good when you can find toilet paper at the store, when there’s just one neighbor you can wave to on a walk, when your family survives another day together. It is good, because the alternative is worse. It’s relatively good.
In the sea of relative good that we’ve experienced in the past five weeks, my hope is that we do not lose sight of the actual good that God has authored. It is in anxiety-inducing, exhausting, and impossible situations – like this one – that God does his best work. Have you been witness to any growth in your children? Have you grown closer as a family? Have you been able to recognize that the pace you were keeping before the virus is not something you want to go back to? Have you been able to re-evaluate your priorities, reach out to others in need, or feel a stronger connection to your neighbors? This is God’s work.
The Bible says that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” The gifts are from Him, the timing is perfect. But more to the point is a greater gift than all the others – He does not change. He is not one way on Tuesday and another way on Thursday. He doesn’t get fed up, over it, or done with us. His mercies are new each and every morning, and His faithfulness is beyond our comprehension. This is the GOOD we can choose to dwell on.
A little business before I close tonight. We are extending the deadline for final commitment for the coming school year to May 15, 2020. You will be receiving a letter from me soon, detailing the school’s plan to assist families in need during this economic downturn. Having said this, we are excited by the strong support of our school community and for the families who will be with us in our 2020-2021school year. Please continue to pray for the school, for its remarkably strong enrollment for the coming year, and its strength of mission.
How good – actual good – it is to have a community that truly cares for each other. I want to encourage you again to please reach out to me or another faculty member or another parent if you are struggling. There is plenty of love in the community to go around.
God’s good blessing on you and your family,