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Down but Not Out

October 18, 2013
By Rev. Rick Calloway

It is a very hard thing to be discouraged and hurt. Psalm 34:18 tells us that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” The circumstances of life at times can be so overwhelming.

Whether we want to admit it or not, sometimes life just hurts. There are heartaches at times that nag at our very being. Psalm 34:18 reminds me that the Lord has not forgotten me during these times. In fact, He is a lot closer than I realize during these most hurtful times.

I am also reminded today that during these times of disappointment and hurt God is still working behind the scenes of my life. He still has a plan and a purpose for my life that He longs to reveal to me. Isaiah 64:4 declares: “No eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him.” Jeremiah 31:3 also tells us that “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued faithfulness to you.” These two verses remind me that even in the darkest times when I am so discouraged that God is still faithful. He is still working to bring about good in my life and putting me on a path to be more like Him.

I pray that these verses will encourage you today if you are in the middle of a discouraging time in your life or if things are good right now hold onto these verses when those dark days do come. My parents used to tell me in tough times to always remember that “the things that seemed over my head were already under God’s feet so trust Him”.

On another note, we have endeavored as a school over the years to understand the needs of our students and families as we have planned our program. As well, we have not only solicited but also valued your feedback on how we are meeting the educational and spiritual needs of your family.

In keeping with that, we are once again asking for your feedback on the operation of our school so that we might be constantly focused on improving our program. We are asking that each of our families complete a parent survey, either the online or paper version, between October 21st and November 4th

These surveys will help us to understand the various perspectives of parents as well as to improve communication and gain valuable insight as to how to improve our program. We will use this feedback to guide us in school improvement planning. We will also provide you results of the surveys through our weekly email communicator, social media, and annual reports.

The survey link will be sent to you next week via email or if you prefer, paper surveys will be available at our offices. The email next week will also detail how your child can gain extra credit for you completing the survey. Please be assured the surveys will be anonymous so that we can gain honest feedback.