Weekly Letter (Jan 11 ’16)

Dear Parents and Students,

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last week. There was the usual anticipation of school starting up that kept me awake. It seems odd that after all these years I am still excited by returning to school after vacation. But beyond that, the rain kept me awake too. I’ve lived in San Francisco long enough that I remember “el nino” years before they called them “el nino” years. But after four years of drought, I really am so glad that the rains have started again.

Perhaps it’s my job as 6th grade Religion teacher that makes me even more acutely aware of the beauty of rain and water in general. “ In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2). It seems that wind and water were here before the rest of creation. But water continues through both Hebrew Scripture and Christian Scripture to be an important factor in our lives.

The children of Israel escaped enslavement in Egypt by running through the waters that God parted for Moses and his companions. John baptized his cousin Jesus in the waters of the Jordan. Jesus turned water into wine at his mother’s request to keep a wedding reception going. As children (or later in life) Christians are baptized and formally welcomed into the life of the Church with water as the major symbol of that sacrament. In our everyday lives we use water for cleaning, watering crops, drinking, as a method of transportation and recently as a source of energy.

The rains have come and they are beautiful. But let’s remember to use this precious resource wisely and to thank God for this beautiful gift.

God Bless You All,


Terrence Hanley


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