February 1 marks the beginning of a special month. Black History month is a very important month. It provides an opportunity for our country to reflect upon the past contributions of many, many outstanding Black individuals. Men and women who blazed uncharted territory in the hopes of creating a pathway for others to follow…a path that would be smoother, and perhaps contain less obstacles, and this fight continues on today. You can read more about Black History Month by clicking on the link.
Recently, Ms. MacDavitt, our Dean of Students and Middle School Team Leader on our Beverly Campus, asked her students to write an essay responding to one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quotes. I was very impressed when I read a few of the students’ responses, so much so I have included excerpts from Daniel Gardner’s essay (grade 6). This is exactly the type of deep thinking we want our students at NSCS to engage in. We want our students to be aware of their history…a history that includes many diverse people, and how God might be calling them to respond in the present. Daniel based his essay on the following quote by Dr. King, Jr.; Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Dr. King, Jr. had a faith steeped in the tenets of the Christian faith, and while Dr. King, Jr. exposed light on the travesties of what was happening in our country in regards to racial inequality, it was King’s faith that also was exposed, reminding us time and time again, that we fight battles without a guarantee of the outcome or where it will take us, but by faith we respond. Here are some of Daniel’s reflections;
“We also need to trust in God during this time of hardship and struggle (COVID). We may not know when we get not to wear masks or go into public indoor spaces or feel like it was like before (COVID), but we can however, hold it in God’s hands…we may be discouraged or uneasy at times…but, He is our everlasting Lord and Savior who is always on the throne, who we can give our worries to and lean on…This (quote) reminds me that through all circumstances, big or small, we can say with confidence that our Lord and Savior will be there every step of the way. Who gives us faith in our hearts so that we can take the first step. Though the staircase may be foggy, I am thankful that we have a God who we can always, always put our trust in.”
Hearing a student express these sentiments is heartwarming, and encouraging. To think that we have students who recognize that life will hold hard battles, but by faith we are called to participate nonetheless. We have indeed been called to commit to fighting battles for the good of others, and for the hope of a better world. We can fight the battles that come our way by taking the first step, without seeing the whole staircase, because we have the help of a good and faithful God. May this generation of children be the ones to fight bold battles in the name of God.
Pam Heintz, Head of School