Monday, January 7, 2013

Message from Jay Hendricks, High School Teacher

Welcome to the first week of school in 2013.
We survived, once again, what many thought, at least, according to the ancient Mayans, would be the end of the world. Instead we face the BEGINNING of another semester. The question comes to mind, “What does this new beginning mean for us?”

One of my favorite authors Chaim Potok opened one of his novels with the words, “All beginnings are hard,” which was a quote from a Hebrew commentary on the book of Exodus, certainly a difficult beginning. This is not the most auspicious opening to a new year, but beginnings have their challenges.

Henry Ford, the famous entrepreneur said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This is a concept of beginning that has some promise, and I would like to think we as teachers all aspire to bring students together with great thinkers and ideas, teaching them to discern truth.

The beginning I found most encouraging comes from Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

It is my prayer that 2013 is the best year ever for you and for PCUS.

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