Weeping and rejoicing
Posted on December 20, 2012
On Friday, December 14th, a small group at Trinity Christian School gathered to pray for the regularly scheduled prayer time. As those present exchanged prayer needs, a theme emerged. It was time to pray for those among us who were hurting, who were struggling, who had cares. A corresponding scripture emerged as well: Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Rom. 12:15 ESV.
Little did the prayer group know that soon after they finished praying, the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT would begin to unfold. Soon a whole nation would collectively weep with those who were weeping.
In the aftermath of that tragedy, we all feel the weight of sorrow for the Sandy Hook community. We are faced with the challenge of grieving with those who have experienced such unfathomable loss, yet rejoicing with our students who are finishing the semester and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
The Word informs us to rejoice and weep. Somehow, through His Spirit, we are able to do both. Our joy remains anchored in the Hope that was born in a manger, with the promise that He will wipe every tear from our eyes. (Rev 21:4)
Elementary and middle school choirs, directed by Mr. Jordan Campbell, sang carols for the TCS staff, filling the office with the beautiful sounds of Christmas.
Second grade students made gingerbread houses, with family members joining in the fun.
Fourth grade students played board games they created, based on books they read for a monthly assignment.
Eighth grade students joined with K-5 students for a special Christmas party that featured snacks and board games.