I wonder if you can think back to the start of the year and remember what your hopes were for the year ahead. Following on from the impact of COVID-19 last year and the toll it took upon our communities, we heard all kinds of expectations from, ‘we are looking forward to things getting back to normal‘, to ‘we just don’t know what to expect this year’. A common observation from a number of our principals and directors was that staff began this year still worn out from last year.
Reading through the various newsletters that come through our office from our learning communities it doesn’t look like anything has slowed down this year. The teaching and learning, community events, special celebrations, staff development, and all sorts of extra-curricular activities have continued as strong as ever. And all the while, the threat of COVID-19 and its various mutations continue linger in the background. So if you are feeling a little tired and worn out, you have very good reason to feel so!
As we are about to begin the semester break, we can look back and thank God for sustaining us an enabling us to provide such a rich learning experience as well as enjoying all sorts of other rich blessings along the way. Despite the challenges we can join with countless others in praying the Psalm,
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
As we begin the semester break, I also encourage you to follow God’s own example:
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work (Gen 2:1-2)
Rest is a gift to us from God. What that rest looks like will be different to each of us. But one thing is clear: there is a time to work and a time to rest. I therefore encourage to take some rest over the next couple weeks. Be kind to yourself. Restore connections with loved ones. Spend time communicating with God. Get out and enjoy God’s marvelous creation. Plant something. Thank God for the way he has used you to touch the lives of so many this last semester. And at the end of each day, may you sleep well, knowing that God has all things in his care.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader