On Tuesday evening, many of you joined us in the gym to celebrate the night that Hope was Born. It was a beautiful reminder of what we are all about as a school.
We know that this hope is found in the person of Jesus. When I think of the presence of hope versus its absence, one of the primary indicators is peace. It’s not a coincidence that one of Jesus’ many titles is the “Prince of Peace.”
We know that our world longs for Peace. One of the best stories that vividly illustrates this is the Christmas Truce of 1914. During one of the most gruesome wars and darkest times of modern history, the Germans and Allied Forces put their differences aside and agreed on a cease-fire for 24 hrs. What prompted the troops to stop fighting? The sound of Christmas carols being sung across the trenches, particularly “Silent Night”. What started as a celebration of Jesus’ birth on one side, resonated with the troops on the other side. It included coming out of their trenches to shake hands, exchange gifts, and play a game of soccer.
Despite the language barriers, barbed wire, and dugout trenches, enemies came together as one to celebrate, recognizing that something bigger than themselves was the only way to achieve peace. Billy Graham concludes, “How different this world would be if we could unite together around that “Holy Infant so tender and mild”. Earth can be as Heaven with Christ. Discord can be as Peace when Christ is near. Midnight gloom can be transformed into noonday brightness when He abides with us.”
While the truce was short-lived with fighting resuming a day later, the peace that Jesus offers us lives on when we invite Him into our hearts, and allow Him to be the priority daily. Our desire is for each student and community member to grasp this truth. May God grant you His peace during this Christmas season and may you extend His peace to those who need it most.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.
J-D Lussier, Principal