Chaplain’s Corner

Welcome back to Term 2 at Tintern in 2022!

The Easter Long weekend provided an opportunity for many of us to leave Melbourne and travel to different parts of the state and country, and I hope you were able to stop and take a breath.

Australia is an amazing country, and as we drove past many fields of sheep and cattle last week, I was reminded of something I heard long ago that has stayed with me.

Australia has vast expanses of grazing land which are used to grow and protect large cattle herds, herds as big as 110,000 head of cattle. I want to reflect how our cattle stations, some as big as 2.4 million hectares simply cannot maintain and build fences to keep their cattle in, it is impossible.

So what do they do? How do they keep and protect their herd?

The answer lies in watering holes – if you have watering holes, you don’t need fences.

In the vast and unforgiving landscape of the Australian Outback, the reliable waterhole is life. Staying near the waterhole is in the interest of the cattle. And thus fences with all of their required time and expenses, are simply not necessary.

This analogy can be applied to many areas of our lives, are we spending all our time maintaining the fences, defining and containing, or are our energies better spent making waterholes.

At Tintern, our energy as a school community is not wasted on fences, but instead in invested in providing watering holes, providing for our students and our community opportunities to refresh, grow and be nurtured. Truly a community of care.

While reflecting watering holes and fences I was reminded of the well-known Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’

‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.’

There are no Psalms that mention fences but there are 47 that mention water. Our God is not a God of fences, but of watering holes too, where, life, hope and refreshment can be found.

Every blessing for Term 2.




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