The first day is in the history books! Things went very well here at St. Paul's as we began the 2013-2014 school year. The students seemed to be happy to return to school. I am sure that some were happy to be back in school to learn and grow while others were happy to see their friends once again. Summer can be long when you don't see your friends everyday.
So that brings us to day #2. Don't worry, I am not going to count each day that we have school. But day 2 is an important day because the "new" of the 1st day has departed and the reality of being back in school sets in. There is still the excitement of the new school year, but there is no longer the nervous butterflies of wondering about a new classroom, a new teacher or new students. You can sense a more "settled" feel among all who are here today. They know that it will be a good year. There will be many blessings and some frustrations. There will be good times and bad times.
Basically, things at school will be like things in our daily lives. Up and down, good and bad, honorable and dishonorable, mentionable and unmentionable. As you look at the days of your life, you probably see that to be the case. There are some days you excel at living the Christian life, while there are other days that people looking at you or listening to you might wonder if you even know that there is a God above.
It is for all our days that our Lord came into the world. He is the heart and center of our lives. He is to be the One that guides our thoughts, words and actions. We pray that the Holy Spirit will lead each of our students, teachers and families to lives according to the will of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we fail, we will ask the Lord to forgive us and help us do better the next time around.
Yes, it is going to be a good year. Day 2 is rolling along. Students are learning. Teachers are teaching. Relationships are growing. Christ is being proclaimed. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!