Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rejoicing in the Journey

“This is the school that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This customized 2nd verse of the children’s bible song “This is the Day” was sung in chapel this morning, one side of the room echoing the other. Singing it that way seemed to challenge us to remind one another that it was important we not forget that vital truth as we move into a new week of living and learning by faith. With my head full of many details and complex planning situations, I was grateful to be so simply reminded that the sum total of what happens here in our school is not entirely dependent on just us. God provides, God leads, and we pray God delights in what happens at LCES each day.

Much like the Israelites who focused on a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, we trust that our
measured and carefully calculated steps of planning are directing our pathway from a posture of obedience rather than arrogance. We can do nothing without God’s care and provision and are immensely grateful for what we experience here at LCES each day: a group of students and adults delighting in discovery and learning, in awe of our world and God as its Creator.

Our path is not always a level plain. School leadership is presently working through fiscal realities that are challenging in that enrollment numbers are becoming increasing challenging to predict accurately. We want to offer excellent Christian education, which has costs, and yet also keep it as accessible as possible to parents. All of these matters impact staffing, what we can include in our student program, and making strategic next steps toward our future.

As our capital campaign’s name boldly states, our future is bright. Challenge creates opportunity to-
day, much the same way it did when the founders of our school dared to push against many obstacles
to see a new venture begin – a Christian day school where Christ is King and all truth is God’s truth.

Indeed, let us rejoice in be glad in it. This is the school the Lord has made. SJ

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