Halfway home

I’d considered the topic of my reflection this week a little while ago – many days before I had an accident on my bike which landed me in hospital. Ironically, I was little more than 3km from home when I came off my bike. Well more than ‘halfway home’, I was very nearly home!

I have been blessed this week by the support of our caring school community and the doctors and nurses that tended to my injuries. While my injuries were quite painful, compared to many sitting in beds near me, they were quite minor. It was a reminder of the need for us to count our blessings. As I took a look at the damage my helmet sustained, I am particularly thankful that I live in a country that values safety and forces bike riders to wear helmets.

As we journey through life we are blessed by many different companions. After I crashed, I was tended to by an off-duty nurse, and a good Samaritan picked up my bike and carefully returned it to me a few days later.

In our reading this week we see Jesus being asked to care for others right in the middle of being weary from a boat journey and already having a heavy load of work. Yet when Jesus is asked to help Jairus’ daughter, he does so. People would have forgiven Him for giving this task to someone else or for simply ‘being too busy’ to help. But this is not our God.

We worship a God who extends love and care in all circumstances, regardless of whether the trouble we find ourselves in is of our own making. It is indeed an inspirational love that we seek to follow.

As we live our lives ‘halfway home’ to our eternal resting place, let us demonstrate love and care for all. A love that allows us to put aside our own concerns and do what needs to be done for others in need.

I wish students, parents, staff and our entire community God’s richest blessings during the upcoming holiday break.

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