There were some tears this morning at Hucrest…some of the little ones were sad. Was it from being left at school? Watching a mother or father leave? Fear of the unknown? General nerves? Whatever the reason, I thought, “I agree with the tears.”
Now that I’m definitely older and my children are no longer children, I am more keenly aware of partings and passing of seasons. Sometimes there’s fear and general nerves, too! My eldest son is in the Army and life is just different now. The teachers get very excited about starting the new school year but are sad when it concludes. Who isn’t a little sad when summer ends?
There’s an old Puritan prayer that begins, “O God, the Author of All Good, I come to thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events.” It ends with these words: “Teach me how to use the world, and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to thee be the glory.”
We might not tear up like the five and six-year-olds any longer, but there’s the childlike simplicity there that the Lord Jesus spoke about. I hope that you will mark this new year, this new season, with a prayer for grace and the awareness of God’s presence. Thank you for joining in this school endeavor and being a part of the Geneva family. Best wishes for a very meaningful and fruitful year!