“For this is the power of a wise love wisely expressed: to transfigure a heart, suddenly, forever.” (Walter Wangerin Jr.)
Hello VCS students, families, and friends,
I was greatly inspired this past weekend as I read a short story by Walter Wangerin Jr. called “The Manger is Empty.” In it, Wangerin recalls learning a profound truth from his 8-yr. old daughter one Christmas Eve: “Jesus, he doesn’t have to be in the manger, does he? He goes back and forth, doesn’t he? I mean, he came from heaven, and he was borned right here, but then he went back to heaven again, and because he came and went he’s coming and going all the time – right?”
Like the author, after decades of knowing the Christmas story, my spirit can easily lose connection to the magnitude of it – that God would come to us as one of us. He didn’t stay in heaven, nor did he stay in the manger; He is always on the move, going to the greatest of lengths to pursue his children with a self-giving love that can transform them in an instant. Wangerin says it perfectly: “This is the power of a wise love wisely expressed: to transfigure a heart, suddenly, forever.”
As we enter a new year, let us also take encouragement from this Christmas truth for our work as a school community. We have the remarkable mission to equip our children for a life of discipleship – to educate them with exceptional understanding and skill, exercised through the self-giving love of Christ. As we do so, we join God in His mission, and we become agents of the same transforming love that brought Him to earth as a baby 2000 years ago.
I am so grateful for your encouragement, your prayers, and your supportive giving as we carry out this mission together as a partnership between school and family. I wish you all a rich time of rest and celebration this Christmas season.
Vernon Christian School