“Real. Present. God.” For many of our schools, this is the school theme of the year. Inspired largely from Psalm 46 but influenced by all of the Psalms, we start the year knowing that the God of all Creation loved his creation so much that He chose to live life here among mankind and redeem it.
And for the faculty and staff of Lutheran schools, it’s the joy of life in Christ and our vocation to make sure that all those who are a part of the school as students and as families experience the joy of our merciful Lord.
The fantastic part of working in Lutheran schools is that it matters- all that we do and say. But the hardest part about working at Lutheran schools is also that what we do matters and matters EVERY DAY. Storm clouds are already building. Standing firm on the teachings of Christ as written in His Holy Word will be challenged. Encouraging families to embrace the uniqueness and value of a Lutheran education is part of our task. Speaking confidently about this uniqueness is essential.
To be sure, our schools will be invested in the matters of academics. To be sure, we will encourage growth in honing skills and God-given ability. But most important, we get to share an unbelievable message- God loved us so much that He ensured our eternal life with Him by sending His Son Jesus to be our Savior. It certainly matters that our schools share the Gospel in chapel services, in daily prayer, in religion classes and in the influences of Christian life throughout all the curriculum. It matters, not just for the life of faith we lead now, but it matters because of eternity. 5 days a week, 6.5 hours a day, 180 school days of hearing about Jesus and learning from Christian teachers about His magnificent world.
What an honor, blessing, and privilege it is sharing the greatest news in the history of the world. May God’s grace be upon each of us. He is indeed Real and Present.