Newsletter 29 November 2021
Dear Parents and Friends of Providence
In my last newsletter, I spoke of the importance of renewing our relationship with Christ on a daily (sometimes on a minute-by-minute!) basis to mitigate the ‘tyranny-of-the-urgent’ in our lives.
This week I want to speak about the impact of fear in our lives.
It seems to me that fear is purveyed, almost continuously, into our lives via the media these days. If it isn’t scare-mongering over the latest dietary discovery or fad, it’s something to do with politics, or the economy, or medical issues… the list just goes on and on.
I am reminded of something I read many years ago on the subject. This would have been in the early days of the internet and social media. The author contended that throughout history people had lived in small society groupings – villages. As such, they would know their neighbours and perhaps, even those from a neighbouring village. When a catastrophe befell a family in the village, they were close enough to do something about it and so communities grew and thrived together through life’s challenges.
Contrast that to the world in which we live today where we know, in real-time, when a bomb has gone off in Beirut or a toddler has disappeared in Coral Bay; when reports of murder, rape and terrorism are broadcast into our homes throughout the day with regular monotony.
However, because these events happen at a distance, we are powerless to do anything meaningful about them and this leads to a sense of anxiety, frustration and fear.
Spend a moment thinking about what your children have been exposed to via social media in the last twenty-four hours… Should they even know about these things? What impact does being exposed to ugliness in the world have on their emerging psyches, emotions, worldview and sense of security?
We live in a world where the currency of fear is gaining traction all the time.
But we also live in a world that is nurtured by a loving Creator God.
The Word tells us that the God we love and serve is greater than anything that can come against us. (Rom. 8:31)
His Word also tells us that He works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
It seems to me that Love and Fear cannot comfortably share the same space – not in our homes, not in our lives – and not in our hearts.
In Christ we can confidently take a stand against Fear – He is the perfect antidote to fear. As a community, let us commit to manning the gates of our ‘village.’ Let us, age-appropriately, protect our children from the negative impacts of the fear messages that constantly invade our homes.
This is the penultimate edition of Primary News for the year. 2021 has been an amazing year, and we are looking forward to what the last few weeks hold. The Primary Funday, held by the Year 11 students, is on Thursday this week, our Christmas concert is only a few weeks away, and our special assembly for the Class of ‘21 is on the last Monday of term. Please make sure you check your calendar to keep up to date with all that is happening across the College.
Finally, just a reminder, if you have any cardboard boxes that will support us as we move classes and buildings, please bring them in. We appreciate your support.
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