In her classic book, The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boon describes life after her mother had a stroke. She says that it was during this time that she learned an important lesson about love. She writes, “Mama’s love has always been the kind that acted itself out with soup pot and sewing basket. But now that these things were taken away, the love seemed as whole as before. She sat in her chair at the window and loved us. She loved the people she saw in the street—beyond: her love took in the city, the land of Holland, the world. And so I learned that love is larger than the walls that shut it in (Boon, The Hiding Place, 64).”
That is what I want for our students—a love that is larger than the walls that would shut it in. Sometimes, we in the private school movement are criticized of simply withdrawing from the world to huddle in our safe, sanitized corner of the world. The criticism has a small portion of truth. We have withdrawn; withdrawn from a worldly system that opposes our most cherished believes. Our withdraw, however, is also a strategic withdraw. We withdraw for a season for the purpose of re-engagement. We don’t want to shield them from the world. Instead, we want to equip them to make a difference in the world, and the difference will be a difference of love. A Christ-created, Christ-centered love that is bigger than any walls.