Today I received tragic news about two of our school families. One family is facing a serious cancer diagnosis, and one has tragically lost a family member. Hardship is all around us daily. Along with this news, many of you may have seen news reports of two teens killed on the way to their prom.
So how do we manage this information in light of our challenging circumstances?
What is to be learned from these tragic and challenging events? As I received my cancer diagnosis and hearing these sad stories, I am reminded that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. If honest with ourselves, most of us would have to admit that we assume that tomorrow will come. We are not mindful of our mortality. James 4:14 says Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. So when we look at each day that God gives, let's remember a couple of things.
First, let's empathize with our TPCS family members. Galatians 6:2 tells us to, Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Second, let's redeem the time we have and use it wisely. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Let's make the things that matter to God the priority in our lives. Let's live with our neighbor in a way that God will be glorified.
Third, let's count our blessings. God's mercies are new every day that He gives us to live. While my heart goes out to those struggling with tragedies and challenges in their lives, we live in an amazing time. We recognize that modern medicine cannot cure all illnesses, but we are surrounded by vaccines, anesthesia, medical advancements, technology, and many life comforts. At TPCS, we get to proclaim Christ in our education; we have dedicated teachers and excellent facilities. We are surrounded by a school community that loves and cares for others within our school.
So let's uphold our brothers and sisters in Christ with our prayers as they walk through the challenges that life brings them. Please pray for the Justice family in the tragic loss of a family member. Please pray for one of our kindergarten teachers, Carla Cramer, who received heartbreaking news about her husband’s cancer prognosis. TPCS has the opportunity to wrap its arms around those within our school family that are experiencing loss and pray for God's grace and strength in their lives. The second part of James 5:16 says 16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. A former pastor of mine would say, "Pray for me. I'll pray for you." So let's pray fervently for our TPCS family members.