Welcome Back! (Sort of )...
Welcome back SAINTS!
As you already know, and has already been repeated to you several times...this is a year like no other.
G.K. Chesterton frequently wrote about the majesty there is in ordinary things, and it is under extraordinary circumstances such that we now find ourselves in that the ordinary reveals itself as truly precious.
The image above is a word cloud made from student survey responses about how they feel about online learning. In class I asked students to take their feelings, take their past experiences and first name them...then...set them aside. My challenge to all of you, students, parents, teachers, and community, is to set aside your attachments and open yourself to new experiences. Invite God to come into this time and transform it, to transform us.
The image below reflects what students miss about being on campus. Unsurprisingly, we miss our friends, our small interactions, and numerous other things we counted once as given. Let us invite God in to remind us that everything is given from Him, and let's pray to be more grateful, gracious, and forgiving in our recognition.
To my students - I am thrilled to be a part of this experience with you. It is truly and adventure I am grateful to share.