In Ecclesiastes 3, we are reminded that “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven”.
This certainly reminds us of the changing physical season of the spring months coming to a close and the onset of the summer months with warmer weather (hopefully) and time for vacationing as a family. For farmers and gardeners, they can also relate to verse 2, which reminds us that there’s a time to plant that will yield a harvest in a future season.
We also know that we go through various seasons of life. As Solomon goes on to write, there is: “a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time mourn and a time to dance.” This has taken on particular significance for our family, as we have come full circle over the past year. Exactly one year ago, our 7 year old nephew Asher went home to be with Jesus after many physical battles. He was a little boy who loved life and epitomized his given name, which meant “Happy Gift of Hope”.
During this difficult season, we were left with many unanswered questions, as we came to the realization that he had been called back to Heaven at such a young age. Faithful to His promises though, God has a way of bringing healing and joy in the coming seasons, which is what took place 11 months later with the arrival of our own son, Zachary Asher. As his middle name reminds us, we choose to move forward with happiness, but not forget the past.
For our students in grade 8, the end of a season is quickly approaching. This can often come with a mixture of emotions. There are elements of celebrating their successes and a desire to build on the foundation that they laid in Elementary. There are also possible regrets for missed opportunities or choices that were not the best. For some, there may be fears of leaving the comforts of a small school and Christian environment for the unknown realities of a larger and possibly secular High School.
Regardless of the season that you may be experiencing as a student, parent, or family, it is important to remember that God has ordained all of these seasons in our lives. Each serves a greater purpose than what we may know or realize in this present moment. What we do know is that God is faithful in every season and will equip us for them, as we continue to trust and rely on Him.
J-D Lussier, Principal