In Charles Dickens' classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, the opening lines are simple, yet memorable: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." And for some reason, these lines popped into my head when I was reflecting on what it means to live in community with each other as Christians. Last year one of our families was devastated by a terrible house fire. Although no one was injured in the fire, that was a "worst" of times. However, it was amazing to watch our community come together and support a family in need. It was a moment where we definitely acted as a community.
In some ways, it is easier to act as a community when people are clearly in need. But how do we act as a community during the "best" 0f times? How do we support and care for each other when there isn't a crisis? Unfortunately, during the "best" of times, we find reasons to be pessimistic. Yet, there is a lot to be positive about right now. This is a great school and a wonderful community. It is a choice to be pessimistic. It is also a choice to be thankful. The Bible is clear about what a Christian community should look like. In Hebrews, we read: "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Furthermore, life can be hard. Raising children is very challenging—a challenge I daily experience myself. And sadly, what appears to be the "best" of times for some families, can occasionally be "the worst" of times. We just never know. It is my hope that this year we continue to grow as a community of believers who care about each other and support each other. A community that loves to laugh together. A community that cries together, grows together and is positive with each other. STCCS is a special community; let’s continue to work together to be a light that shines brightly for our Lord.