Thank God, a seven year old child knows what the church is, namely, holy believers and those who follow the voice of the Shepherd.
-Martin Luther, 1537
These first two weeks have been very busy. Grade 5/6 have been to Canberra, we’ve welcomed a new family to our school and also a new pastor in Pastor Sam. So much has been done and also needs to be done!
We commenced this term with the story of Mary and Martha as recorded in Luke. Jesus visits the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha, and while Martha is doing all the work, Mary is sitting listening to Jesus. Martha gets angry and asks Jesus to tell Mary to ‘get back to work!’ Jesus’ response is one we need to recall, “Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
It reminds me of Luther’s words above – that often younger children are aware of the things in life that are truly important. Appreciating beauty, enjoying a laugh, hugging their friends and family – and giving thanks to God for His gifts. The older among us are often the first to forget these things.
Let us follow our children’s example and be reminded that our main goal in life is to follow the voice of our Shepherd. He is our sustainer, guide and teacher. Time given to God to be in his presence gives us the strength to do what needs to be done on this earth.
As we begin a new period of learning, let us all be faithful in giving our time, focus and love to our Lord.