For some unknown reason, I thought it was a good idea to install an app on my phone that provides me a daily update to upcoming events – end of the school year, Christmas, the birthdays of my nieces/nephews/godchildren, my wife’s birthday and so on.
Dutifully the app sends me a report each morning telling me exactly how many months, days and hours until the event.
This report hit me this morning:
- 92 days until my 70.3 Ironman Triathlon
- 46 days until 2018 starts
- 37 days until Christmas
- 22 days until to the last day of school
- 1 day until the 2018 school year commences
Where did this year go? I haven’t started my reports, I’ve got activities in my classes to finish, we’ve got Celebration Night and Thanksgiving Service and concerts to run, I haven’t even thought about Christmas presents and up for that triathlon suddenly seems like a very bad decision given that amount of time I’ve got to train!
I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas I have to say, but what I do love, is the reminder that Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, is known as ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us’.
My note this week is quite short but carries a really important message. No matter what we think or feel, God is indeed with us. That is the core Christian message that we celebrate in Christmas. God is not an angry God who is out to punish us for doing wrong. Through the work of Jesus, God smiles on us and relishes walking each step of our lives with us.
Next Monday sees our students in Years Prep to 8 start the 2018 school year. How quickly that came around! As these students commence the new school year, I pray that they, like all of us, will pause and remember the great news that God is with us.