As we approach the time of year when people look forward to spending time with loved ones, remembering those family members we are unable to see this year because of the current state of the world, rekindling family traditions, or creating new ones, and taking some time for a well-deserved rest, let us not forget the miracle of the Christmas season, the birth of Jesus.
This year in particular, the words from Luke’s Gospel, resonate more deeply and the message of hope is God’s promise to each of us: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11
Over the course of this year, I have witnessed a shift from the idea of ‘the individual’ to one of community. The ways in which staff, students and parents worked together to ensure that St Stephen’s School continued to provide a quality education and care from afar was very evident. It reinforced my belief that no matter what is going on, when we work together towards the greater good the outcomes will be better.
I believe that the lessons learnt this year in resilience, patience, humour and care provide us with a platform of hope moving into 2021. Hope that we can continue to celebrate our achievements, return to “normal” programming, return to our service-learning opportunities for all students, to explore the world around us and to be reunited with family and friends far away.
While we all take time to relax, re-energise and re-connect with family and friends over the holidays, let us remember to express our gratitude for all our blessings this Christmas season.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. – Isaiah 9:6-7
From my family to your family, I wish you a blessed Christmas and a hope filled New Year.
Take care and God Bless.