What a year it has been!! Like last year, we have faced some challenges with the COVID pandemic but again this year, I am amazed by the willingness of our community to make the most of the situation and opportunities that are presented. I give thanks for the blessings that we have been given and thank our Lord for his reassurance and guidance through the troubled waters of 2021.
Towards the end of Term 4 each year, we begin finalising our End of Year Services and acknowledging the achievements of our students throughout the year. One of my responsibilities is signing certificates as the Principal. Over the past couple of years, we have presented our Graduating classes with an acknowledgement of completion of their primary or secondary education at the College. This includes an official photograph of their cohort, the last individual school photo and a range of facts comparing when they started school and 2021.
On the front of these certificates, there is a bible verse and this year’s is from prophet Isaiah. At the time, there was a fair bit happening in Israel and most of the people were refusing to listen and obey God’s commands. They placed their faith and trust in seeking help from Egypt, rather than placing their undivided trust in the Lord, their God.
The past two years has challenged my faith and trust as we faced the ongoing lockdowns, restrictions and outbreaks. There have been many times where I have wanted to look for new directions but each time there has been something to draw me back – whether I turn left or right, a voice saying “This is the way; walk in it.”
God’s grace and mercy towards us is never changing, and He is always there to guide us back into the way of truth. All that He desires of us is that we listen to His voice, hearken to His word, trust in His love, rely on His sufficient grace and let the love of Christ guard our heart... so that every step we take may be directed by Him – for our eternal benefit and for His greater glory.
For all of our College community, I hope that wherever we are in our life’s journey, we hear and know that our Lord is with us and guiding the way.
I pray that during the coming weeks all our students, parents/carers and staff will find space and time to have a very safe, well-earned rest with family and friends. May you take the opportunity to stop and reflect on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, sharing in the joy and grace of this wonderful time.
God’s peace be with you, to enrich you and enliven you this CHRISTmas.
Yours in Christ,