“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:2) What a great scripture for the beginning of this new school year! God has blessed the Manhattan community with wonderful education opportunities for our children: Manhattan Catholic Schools, our public schools, and home school coops. All have God’s hand on them; his presence, blessings, and grace.
With each new school year, a wide array of emotions are experienced. In our house, we have the beginning and the end—a Kindergartner and a high school Senior. We are excited, proud, and joy-filled, yet sad to see our little one leave our nest and join her classmates and our teenager experience and celebrate her final year. We know so many other students, parents, teachers, and student teachers who anxiously anticipate what this new year will bring, fear the unknown.
We all have many times of transition throughout our lives. My wise friend, Christy (who turns the big 5-0 this Monday), reminded me that when we are going through these transitions—new schools, jobs, marriages, towns—we need to be kind to ourselves. We need to try our very best, but also be very intentional about putting our TRUST in God—our creator, protector, and advocate. We need to remember that The One who has helped us walk across stormy waters and pulled us through our fear will also be faithful in helping us through our present situation…no matter how big or small. He is constant. “Oh, my soul, you are not alone. There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know.” (Casting Crowns)
May God, the source of all knowledge, richly bless this school year. May he bless students, teachers, and all of us with the strength and courage that we need to be FEARLESS, as we grow as people of faith!
~ Kelley Smith, Music Liturgist