Weekly Letter (Dec 19 ’16)

Dear Parents and Students,

This time of year is exhausting for teachers and parents. The rush to finish units before vacation starts, combined with sending progress reports home are just part of the stress. Buying and decorating a tree; fighting the rush to go shopping; struggling with the guilt that you aren’t buying your wife a new car or really expensive jewelry this Christmas all make life very stressful.

But that is not the point of Christmas. God loves us so much that He chose to live among us. And He did not choose to live in a point in history that was easy, nor did He choose to be wealthy or powerful. Jesus came as a poor man living in a time and place with none of the amenities that we all take for granted. And rather than acquire that new car or the expensive jewelry, Jesus fed people. He taught people, healed people, and forgave people.

There is a line of scripture that appears in Isaiah, Matthew, John and Acts of the Apostles, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” This is what Christmas is about. We see the light of love, truth and knowledge in Jesus, God among us.

I must admit that as old as I am, I have never seen Jesus face to face. But I try to remember that I see his sisters and brothers at school every day. Have a merry Christmas, God bless you all, and find the quiet time to remember how God loves you completely.


Terrence Hanley


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