Posted on October 13, 2020 / Matters
In my childhood house we had books everywhere. Literally every single possible corner had another bookcase shoehorned in. I have no doubt that this fuelled my passion for reading and is something I am forever grateful to my parents for. On closer inspection, I have recently realised that almost every book I own is a human book. Each one full of the trials and triumphs of humans. I have even been accused of reading the most miserable books ever, however, to me, to see the beauty in the rise of a person, you first have to hear the struggle.
The determination of the human spirit is the one story that so many of us cannot get enough of. Right now, more than ever, we have a shared journey right across the world, and yet it has been so different for each one of us. Right now, we need to hear each other, and listen to each other’s stories.
We all know that adversity is a great teacher. I wonder what lessons we have learnt over this time of challenge? What strengths have we grown? What gift of understanding have we gained? This time has undoubtedly forged us as a school community to be far more resilient and capable than we realised was possible. Each person within our school community has done so much that they can be proud of in how they have handled this time of trial.
The bible is absolutely crammed full of stories of perseverance through adversity. Most of the first Christians were persecuted for their beliefs. Large sections of the new testament were actually written from a prison cell. It was during this time of extreme adversity that Paul the apostle wrote about finding peace wherever you are.
Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:11-13
Each one of us has drawn strength and hope to get through this time. For me, my strength has come from my faith and the humans in my life. In finding humour and simple joys where we can. I wonder what it has been for you and for those around you.
Each member of our school community has come to far this term, as we have journeyed this strange time of being together but apart. The bible encourages us to hold onto what we know to be true and never give up hope. I wanted to end with the quote that I have on my wall by CS Lewis. “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
Acting Head of Religion Studies
9A Pastoral Mentor
Farm Curriculum Co-ordinator