Newsletter 27 July 2020
Dear Parents & Friends of Providence
It is such a pleasure to be back on campus again!
Week One has literally flown by and the weeks ahead are chockablock full of activities as we play catch-up after a COVID-impacted Term 2.
With this busy season ahead in mind, I want to share a few thoughts on what may potentially be one of the most debilitating aspects of life today – Hurry.
During my time away I was blessed to be led to read a book by John Mark Comer entitled, ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.’
Korean-born, German philosopher, Byung Chul Han, said about people in the Western World: “They are too alive to die – and too dead to live.”
Comer looks to the life of Christ as the perfect example of how to live an unhurried life.
He quotes Corrie ten Boom as saying, “If the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy. Both our sin and our busyness have the exact same effect – they cut us off from our connection with God – and when we’re cut off from God, we cut ourselves off from other people – and even our own soul.”
Comer goes on to speak about the need for times of rest in our busy lives and, again, his words really resonated with me and I want to share them with you:
The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew Shabbat.
The word literally means “to stop.” The Sabbath is simply a day to stop: stop working, stop wanting, stop worrying, just stop.
(But here’s the kicker – take time to digest this:)
But Sabbath is more than just a day. It is a way of being in the world.
It is a spirit of restfulness that comes from abiding, from living in the Father’s loving presence all week long.
In other words, we’re going to find it difficult, if not impossible, to Sabbath on Sundays if we’re not Sabbathing (finding time to abide in Christ) on every other day.
In the busyness of life, it is so often our ‘God-time’ that is sacrificed on the altar of Hurry!
What example, in this regard, do we set for our children?
Be blessed – and unhurried!
Here is the link to the Canteen Menu for Term 3
Welcome to Term 3. It was so great to see the children back at school this week. We saw many new haircuts, lots of growth and lots of eager faces ready to be back at school.
I am looking forward to a very busy term ahead. We have many camps, Chapel services, assemblies, sporting events, and much more happening this term. Make sure you stay up to date with the calendar as changes may happen (due to bookings and availability as we move out of COVID).
In a flash, the holidays are over. A warm welcome to all of you for Term Three. Especially to the families of our three new students in the Secondary School. From the outset, it is set to be another very busy term with many important events on the College Calendar and in addition, the events that were to happen during the COVID times.