As I have been praying this weekend about all that is going on and really sad about the Jr. Cougar Musical having to be postponed, my heart has been heavy especially for our Jr. Cougars and how they might be feeling about the postponement and the possible unsettledness of the world around them. I was planning to share this with all of you to open our Jr. Musical on Friday night but now I thought this email could be a good reminder to them and in truth, a good reminder to me as I think about the next two weeks of quiet hallways and empty classrooms without them.
As we prepared for our elementary chapel this past Wednesday, which we had planned to worship the Lord through the singing of the songs for the Jr. Cougar Musical for the whole chapel time, it was clear to me that we first needed to pause and acknowledge the anxiety and fear brewing around us which includes but is not limited to coronavirus.
I sit in awe of God that at the start of this school year we chose to focus on the PEACE OF JESUS as our elementary theme this year and our current character trait that began earlier this week is PEACE! As you can probably imagine this was our focus once again as began our chapel. During this time, the Jr. Cougars and I shared what kinds of life challenges and difficulties are currently causing our hearts to feel unsettled, stressed, anxious, and afraid. The list included tests, grades, sick family members, those facing cancer, those facing medical procedures, relationship stressors, and the virus to share a few.
We also focused our time around these three verses:
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you peace as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Because we have Jesus, the Prince of Peace, in our hearts we can be strong, we can have courage, we can face today, and can trust Him for our tomorrows!
We then worshipped the Lord singing together:
While I know we were all disappointed by the postponement of our Jr. Cougar Musical on Friday night, we also know that God's timing is perfect! I can't wait to see when and what He has planned for this special time together! I am certain the blessings will outnumber the disappointments!
Please know that we are and will be praying! We are also planning for the next two weeks and will be communicating with you as details develop and form. Please be in touch as you have questions, concerns, and prayer requests. Be blessed and hug your Jr. Cougars for me/us! I/we are going to miss them!!!
Thank you for allowing CCS to partner with the Lord and you
to share this part of your child's journey
in growing spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Go Jr. Cougars!