March break is here and with it time away interacting with family, friends, and the world around us. Hopefully this includes an opportunity to rest and be renewed for the final stretch of the school year.This is also a time when we scatter to various locations and quite literally go into the world.
As such, we received a timely message from our Grade 6 class who reminded us that we have been called to be courageous and to live out our faith. Using the example of Peter as the focal point, the students acted various Biblical passages where we see courage and fear contrasted. We go from the courageous act of Peter stepping out of the boat to walking on water; only to see fear take over as he takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to sink.
From there, we see Peter who boldly defends Jesus with his sword in the garden of Gethsemane while standing next to Jesus. His courage turns to fear only a few hours later, as he watches Jesus’ trial at a distance and crumbles under the questioning of servant girls, leading him to deny Jesus 3 times. These highs and lows leave Peter crushed and questioning his faith and place as a disciple of Jesus.
What is incredible about Jesus is that he seeks to restore us, even when we have lacked courage, all the while building us up and calling us to do more. We can see this in John 21:15-17 when Jesus asks Peter 3 times about his love and devotion to Him. Not only does Jesus demonstrate to Peter that he welcomes him and forgives him, but that He wants him to lead the disciples and other followers. We also know that Jesus fills Peter with the Holy Spirit and that Peter boldly and courageously shares God’s word from thereafter.
What does this mean for us? We are given opportunities to take a stand for God’s word either by sharing our faith or standing up for the truth of God’s word even when it’s unpopular. As we prepare for the break, we will have additional chances to interact with others outside of our Christian bubbles and be a light. Let’s follow the lead from our grade 6 students today and be courageous in living out our faith and speaking the truth in love.
J-D Lussier, Principal