In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:1-6
God, as the giver of all good things, graciously gives us order: 365 days in every year, seven days in every week, 24 hours in every day, morning and night every day, Sabbath rest every week, summer and fall and winter and spring every year, sunrise and sunset. He must have known we would yearn for routine. He must have known we desire to know what is coming. We yearn to know. We long for order.
Yet, with each orderly creation God gives us, also comes change. Each new day, each new year, each new season, brings with it a sense of the unknown. Sometimes this sense of unknown is filled with hope and sometimes it may be filled with anxiety. Consider, though, the encouragement God grants us: He was the beginning. All things were made through him. Our very life comes from Him. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
And so it is with a new school year. The excitement, the anxiety, the return of routine, the hope, the fear, the joy. It is all to be expected. God knows, not only now, in the moment. God knew from the beginning of time. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. He knew we needed routine. He knew new seasons would bring transition and emotion.
In the words of T.S. Elliot:
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
So how do we best handle these new seasons? How do we best manage our next new beginning? First, we must understand rightly the transition that new beginnings bring. There are transitions at home: packing lunches, early mornings, new teachers, new schedules, and new routines. There are transitions at school as well: new buildings, new families, new friends, new classrooms, new schedules, and new teachers. With much grace, we toddle through the transition periods together. The experiences and voices of our past help illumine our present paths, while new friendships and community help lighten our loads.
After all, our journey is not for the weak-kneed or faint hearted. Our mission to equip students to thoughtfully pursue moral beauty and eternal purpose in the modern world is far more challenging than those eloquent words infer. To live for Christ and His kingdom and engage winsomely with culture is work. We are here on earth to demonstrate the love of Christ – the life that was the light of men. And we best do that in community. In our quest to become more fully human, as image bearers of God, we must live in community.
The Habersham Community
And so, the life of Habersham is community. We work in partnership together, working to educate and train our children. The ongoing dialogue between parents and teachers allows both groups to understand the student more thoroughly. That is the beauty of the Habersham experience. Many parents say, “Wow. I wish that I had had this kind of education and this kind of class.”
So we thrive on relationships and parent partnership as we walk this journey together. Whether parents are spearheading the Booster Club, or coaching a basketball team, or hanging chandeliers in trees for Feast Day – you are involved. Our field trips and events are flooded with active, impassioned parents.
Through events and campus presence and involvement, parents also occupy a significant and somewhat less noticeable role. Their relationships with one another turn our school into a formidable presence of community. As a parent goes through their own learning process of parenting – they are surrounded by dozens of people going through the same thing. So, if you really want to be involved in the culture of Habersham, look for ways to serve and to connect with other parents. They are also looking for fellow travelers.
This community is the transformative experience that will shape us as we grow through the seasons of life together. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Let’s enjoy our community uniquely bound together in Christ.
Upcoming Community Events
Coffee & Classics
Join me for a great time of discussion and fellowship on the first Friday of every month at 8:15 am. Location is tentatively the music/lunchroom at Gould Cottage. Discussion generally centers on a specific topic or article.
For September 5th, I especially invite all new Habersham parents, as we will discuss transition to life at Habersham.
Fall Ice Cream Social
We welcome all families to our Ice Cream Social, Friday, Sept. 12th at 6pm at Gould Cottage. Look for more information soon from your PPO.