A Year of Faithfulness
We started this year surrounded by a world gripped by fear on the one hand and wallowing in folly on the other. As a school, we committed to seek God’s glory and live faithfully in His presence. As a Christ-centered, Classical school this really was a matter of making certain that we were diligent with teaching and learning within our rich Classical Christian heritage. We were determined to do this and we did.
The reason we were able to do this was because of what we see in Scripture. “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?’” (Matthew 8:23-27)
When situations rise-up that can distract us from being faithful in living out our calling, we must remember that the one who called us is faithful and that He will rise-up and He will sustain us. He has been faithful all year long. His steadfast love and mercy was seen daily. The fruit of the spirit is abundant at Veritas. Constant words and actions of encouragement and edification are seen everywhere at our school.
We finished the year faithfully because He is faithful. We move into the summer looking forward to a time of renewal and rest. We also look forward to next August when we return to a school year that hopes to recover the best of the past. It will be wonderful to see one another’s full faces and be able to greet one another with a hug or handshake. We look forward to retrieving some lost practices, ceremonies, and gatherings. We collectively look toward the faithfulness of God.
At the end of the Scripture passage there is a question about “what sort of man” is Jesus? We know what sort of man it is who commands the winds and sea to be still and they must obey Him. He is the same sort of man who calls us to be still and know that He is God. He is the same sort of man who was taken dead from the cross on Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday. It is my hope that like the winds and the sea, and like the grave, we also hear His voice, see His faithfulness and live more faithfully in the presence of the risen one.