We find ourselves back at school after a restful break. A few things have changed – Mrs Blenkiron is back from leave but Mrs Clarke and Mrs Peska are now off travelling the world. We have been blessed by the wonderful work of Mrs Libby Haigh and Mrs Susan Arena over the last two weeks. In the yard I see new haircuts, some shiny new shoes and it seems that all of the students have been eating fruits and vegetables over the holiday because everyone suddenly seems taller!
Things have changed in the Brennen household too. Mr Brennen and Mrs Brennen have been blessed by the opportunity to adopt two dogs called Fenda and Henry. They certainly are keeping me very busy at home.
One of the readings set down for this week comes from Romans:
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?…For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (8:26-39)
It has been a tumultuous time in our world over the last fortnight. We do not need to look very far to see the results of humanity at its worst. Amongst all of this, is a God that does not leave or forsake us. His Holy Spirit is with us wherever we are. Despite the many problems we face in our lives it is indeed true that ‘nothing…can separate us from the love that is in Christ Jesus’.
My two dogs, Fenda and Henry are a daily reminder to me of the presence and steadfastness of God’s love. When I arrive home they are overjoyed to see me, they wag their tales and jump excitedly. They don’t ask me what my day has been like, if I have done my duties well, what mistakes I have made or the things I left undone. They offer an unconditional love that transcends whatever mood I may be in.
Just like our Lord.
As we go forth into another block of learning, may we all walk in the knowledge that we are dearly loved by a God who allows nothing to separate us from him.