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Our Hearts are Wounded but Our Spirits Await a New Beginning

Lamentations 3:22-24 and Jeremiah 29:11

July 19, 2012

It has been a painful summer for the Newcastle School family!  We lost two of our best and brightest recent graduates to accidents.  Both young men excelled on the athletic field, court and track!  Both very smart young men and one, honored as the salutatorian of his class!  They were key players in moving our little school from good to great!!  Both young men of character with extremely supportive family and friends.  We continue to miss them every single day; every single hour and for many - every single minute of the day.  As our hearts continue to grieve and attempt to heal, I remember a line from one of my favorite songs, "Mercy came running!"

Verses 22 through 24 of the third chapter of the book of Lamentations in the Bible's old testament says, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him."

I have found great comfort in this scripture because of the assurance that the Lord's mercies "are new every morning...."  What a comforting thought!  I began my career as a teacher over 30 years ago and one of the reasons I was drawn to the classroom was because of the promise of new beginnings!  Every single year, regardless of what the past year was like, I could experience a new school year and a new beginning!  That sense of annual renaissance excited me then and it has been one of the best parts of my 30 years in education! 

That new school year is once again fast approaching with the promise of better days ahead!  Yes, our hearts have been wounded and scarred but new students who have never attended our school are waiting to register! New friends to make!  Former students are eagerly awaiting the start of school so that they can see friends that they have missed all summer and rekindle the friendships they have established within these walls!  A new school year is always packed with excitement and hope because we each get to have a new beginning!

We miss those young men terribly and feel the pain of loss, but the same promises we have through our religious beliefs and our faith for an eventual, eternal life with them, gives us the hope that we need for making 2012-13 the best school year ever!  Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope!"



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