A Sense of Hope
The holiday break for my family was one of much-needed rest and relaxation. If I am being honest, there were definitely parts of it that were disappointing. Many of our Christmas traditions with extended family went to the wayside. Grandparents were home and lonely. But this also opened up an opportunity for more time with immediate family and more time for rest. It allowed us to tone it down just a bit.
2021 is upon us and I have heard many saying good riddance to 2020. Although very little changed from December 31 to January 1, we embrace a sense of new, a sense of hope! This reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses: Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse gives my soul refreshment and encouragement. It brings my attention to God’s ultimate plan for my life. We do not know what God has ahead of us this year, this month, or even tomorrow! What we do know is that He plans to prosper us, not to harm us, but rather to give us hope.
As I have watched the students and staff return to work and school this past week, there has definitely been a sense of hope. We are truly grateful to be teaching students in the building. I continue to pray for God to place a blanket of health over our community, that we may continue to learn together at school, that we may feel hope for aspects of normalcy to return to our school patterns. My prayer is that you and your family also can find a renewed sense of hope.