Dear Parents,

If any of you went outside yesterday, you probably noticed the strong winds. While we don’t physically see it, we certainly feel its effects and see its result on our surroundings. The wind carried clouds and a few patches of rain in the sky. Signs that were secure suddenly became dislodged and anything loose was blowing around.
The wind is also an amplifying agent. Depending on where you live in Burlington, you may have noticed a few closed roads and some smoke in the sky. This is because a few sparks from the train tracks were pushed along by the wind, creating small fires that quickly spread with the additional oxygen of the wind. As a result, those few sparks became a full blaze that needed containment.

This morning at chapel, our Kindergarten B class also talked to us about the wind. They provided a visual by blowing on pinwheels, which began to spin under the effects of the wind. This was to illustrate something greater, which was the wind of the Spirit that came from heaven at Pentecost. In Acts 2, we read that, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 

The spark of the gospel was ignited into tongues of fire that quickly spread from the upper room to the streets of Jerusalem. According to Biblical scholars, there were around 120 disciples gathered together in the Upper room. By the end of that day, there were an additional 3000 people from every tribe and nation who became followers of Jesus, as a result of the wind of the Holy Spirit setting their hearts ablaze. This number continued to rapidly increase throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

In the same way, we recognize that it is the Holy Spirit living in us that uses our gifts, providing oxygen to set us ablaze and propel us forward to accomplish what God has set in front of us. We continue to pray that God would empower us anew with His Spirit to carry on the work He has called us to. May He use us to share the gospel and equip others to be of service, burning brightly in this world for Him.

J-D Lussier, Principal