Dear loved ones,
There is so much hard going on in the world. There seems to be no end of what feels like the triumph of evil, and it can be easy to feel swept away into it all. I have felt that way, but I don’t want to be.
Recently, I had the wherewithal, and an actual lunch break, to take a step back and think about the abnormality of my normal. I get to be in a school building with students and staff from 53 different nations. The other day, I had conversations and meetings with 10 of those nations. I said good morning to way more, and throughout my day transitioned from culture to culture. Each conversation carried a different weight of easy questions and insufficient answers to the complexity of life, relationships, and loss.
You see every culture carries the same need and desire to be listened to. To be seen, to be heard, and to know that someone is on their side. I have the extreme privilege of being a part of that for students, teachers, and parents.
Why is it so easy to loose sight of this privilege, this gift? To let all the negative stuff darken the good.
Let’s take a moment to celebrate the life we get to live, and recognize the good and the hard as proof of a life. A life worth celebrating because it is ordered by a God who loves us more than we could believe or imagine.
With a great big hug,