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High School Principal's Corner — January 11, 2022

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, GRCHS Families! It is good to see students and staff back after Christmas break. I’m thankful for the many unique experiences and opportunities that our students have during Winterim to discover their gifts and passions. Each year, I’m in awe of the things that our students do during these two weeks.

The start of a new year always brings about reflection of the past year and hopes for the year ahead. 2021 was filled with many blessings, but ended with hours upon hours of reading health department guidelines and hard decisions about Winterim trips. Probably like you, I begin 2022 longing for a return to “normal.” Certainly there is nothing wrong with that. We all hope and pray regularly for an end to this terrible pandemic. However, God has reminded me that my focus is often on the wrong thing. I’ve noticed that my hopes are focused on my own ability to manage my life or to do more. Recently, I’ve felt God calling me to spend more time in scripture, more time listening in prayer, and ultimately, to depend more on God. I’ve started 2022 reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day by Peter Scazzero. It’s a 40-day devotional that calls us to listen, read, and reflect throughout the day, keeping focus on God.

This was the prayer this morning:

“Help me, O Lord, to be still and wait patiently for you (Psalm 37:7). I offer to you each of my anxieties and worries this day. Teach me to be prayerfully attentive and to rest in you as I enter into the many activities of this day. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

My prayer for each student and family at GRCHS is that we can grow in our dependence on God this year, finding rest, peace, and even joy in all circumstances. I’m so thankful for your prayers and partnership as we start this new year together!

— Brad

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