A Community Of Celebration

I did something weird today.  I scheduled a celebration.


I love that word, celebration.  As a child of the 80’s, that word means one thing – Kool and the Gang.  


For those of you old enough to know who I am talking about, the song is playing in your head right now.  For those of you who have no idea, look it up.


I think most people love to celebrate.  We celebrate things all the time—birthdays, anniversaries, and job promotions . . . just to name a few. 


So, I scheduled a party today.  I went on my calendar and added a Fall Banquet Celebration.


I don’t know how or when this pandemic ends, but I do know we are going to get through this,  and when we do, what kind of people will we be?  Will we be fearful?  Will we be angry and bitter?  Will we be disoriented?  Will we be depressed?


Or, will we be purified and ready to celebrate?


The refiner’s fire hurts, but it is designed to yield pure gold. Hence, the apostle Peter teaches us:


In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).


That is what I believe will happen.  That is what I plan on celebrating in October.  So, do something crazy today.  Schedule a party on faith, and make sure you plan to celebrate with us, because we plan to have a party, a party that results in the praise and glory and honor of Jesus Christ for now and always.


– Dr. Shane Arnold, Head of School