As we embark on the final month of the school year there is genuine fatigue and weariness. Nine months of school, homework, practices, studying, striving, and toil exacts a toll from the students and the staff. With summer right around the corner there is also a keen sense of anticipation that the finish line is close.
After a heinous beating with whips, an unfathomable march up a mountain, and a gruesome crucifixion, the Savior of the world was officially declared dead. As His final breath expired from His lungs, the hope of His disciples and the hopes of the world expired as well.
Jesus was crucified on a stony mountain called Golgotha. He was raised up on a cross for a public spectacle and humiliation. Hammered above Him were the mocking albeit ironically true words, “King of the Jews.” Christ, though King of the entire universe, willingly stepped into this infamous death for us.
These are all things that an angry mob threw at a broken and humiliated woman. They were desirous to crush her with words and with literal stones. Thankfully Jesus put Himself between her and the crowd and essentially told them that they would have to come through Him to get to her.
Pictures, trophies, framed degrees, and art are all things we place in our homes and offices to celebrate memories, our accomplishments, or the people we love. We are good at archiving what is most important to us. For curious visitors, we love to recount the stories behind the different memorabilia that we have staged around the places where we live and work. Some of these things encourage or inspire us and we hope that they might do the same for someone else.
When the Jews were in the wilderness, they often had to wait anxiously at the feet of Mount Sinai for weeks before Moses descended to bring them a message and the ordinances of God. At that time, Moses was their primary connection to God. The people benefited from Moses’s friendship with God even though they did not have face to face contact with God the way that he did.
Stones are everywhere. They come in millions of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are beautiful and others are plain. There are some that are too big to lift and others that you can kick mindlessly with your shoe. No matter their differences, all stones have one thing in common.
Number Six. The sixth state in a 14 state journey with the girls. As we creep upon the halfway mark in this experience, it’s amazing to look back on the six trips we’ve taken (three of which have been on the actual Appalachian Trail) with our little group of sojourners.
Most of us are aware of how downturns in the economy have affected people’s mental and emotional health. Crashes in the stock market have created crashes in people’s psyche and overall sense of security. We have witnessed how the fallout of one’s bank account can lead to a fallout in one’s overall well-being. Those who are able to invest the stock market outsource much of their revenue and their future to a mercurial and ever-fluctuating financial machine. This outsourcing can be very risky, particularly if we tether our joy to the fruits or the failures of the market.
We have been entrusted to live out and proclaim “good news” to a world in desperate need of it. It stands to reason that news becomes better and better in contrast to the bad news that it is addressing.
Witnesses are important to major events. If you have ever attended an impressive concert or an incredible sporting event it’s always refreshing to get various perspectives on what people saw and heard. Before visiting a new restaurant, many of us turn to Yelp to get the opinions of various people and to hear about their experiences. Their vantage point informs are own decisions. A myriad of positive reviews typically encourages us to give the new eatery a try.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday provides each of us with an opportunity to reflect. MLK’s life and death are a testimony to someone who was willing to stand on behalf of justice to a point where it literally cost him everything.
Restoration Academy was honored to be featured on WBRC Fox 6 this week! The What’s Right in Our Schools segment focuses on the positive news of the day…especially from Fairfield, where not much positive is being reported.
The new year often feels like a reset button. As the calendar makes a big shift we often feel motivated to make big shifts in our lives. With the rollover from 2018 to 2019 there is a belief that we can leave the pounds, the mistakes, and the bad habits from last year behind us. The new year is rife with promise.