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A Word of Thanks

As the school year ends and report cards are printing, I’d like to thank you, fathers, mothers, grandparents, guardians, for entrusting to us a portion of your child’s or grandchild’s education.

Thank you for your patience as we felt our way through the Covid adjustments and home learning.  Thank you for sending your children back to school to close out our year.  

Thank you for the service hours, the supportive notes, and the re-enrollments.

I saw a photo of a public school classroom set up for Fall Covid compliance.  I don’t know if it was real; Facebook is hit or miss on truth….  In the photo, desks were separated from other desks by sheets of plastic.  Lanes were taped on the floor.  It looked clinical and cold.  I thought, “Why would you send a child to such a setting?”  Then I thought that maybe it would be better if each child walked around wearing a Get Smart Cone of Silence.

Isn’t that how things are now?  Fear and irritation, followed by humor.  But policy leaders don’t seem to be getting any smarter about these things, and now lawlessness is spreading.  There are even Christian pastors and churches, who long ago gave up their allegiance and submission to the Word of God, adding to the confusion.

Geneva’s plan for the summer and the start of the school year is the following:

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”  Ephesians 5:15-21.

I suggest, families, that this summer you do the same at home with your loved ones.  Redeem the time, be wise, seek to understand what the will of the Lord is.  (Hint on that one: His will is ever revealed in the Scriptures).  Sing a lot, more than you ever have, giving thanks to God.  Create a beautiful and joyful environment at home for your children, but be wise and keep watch.  This fall will be trying.

We at the school would greatly appreciate your praying for God’s provision and grace.  We need new teachers if we are to split apart some of our larger grades.   We have families in our midst that have been severely shaken in these last months; relationships have been sorely strained.  The world news is bad every day.  Pray that we, and the entire Geneva family, would be filled with the Spirit, making melody in our hearts to the Lord, giving thanks, and following our Lord with confidence.

Have a wonderful summer,

Brian Turner