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September 04, 2017
By Mr. Eric VanDerhoof - Head of School

Welcome Back!

Another summer has passed, and another school year begins. So go the seasons of life! Sometimes we may get caught up in the busyness of the seasons as we shop all the end of season sales, change out our wardrobes, keep up with home maintenance, and worry that time flies by too quickly. Even the beloved philosopher, Yogi Berra, was determined not to succumb to the tempting school supply sales; he quipped, “I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did!” All kidding aside, Scripture tells us that seasons are a reminder of God’s power, faithfulness, redemption, and sovereignty. In the beginning God set the sun, moon and stars in place to keep track of time as evidence that there was a beginning that was established by a Creator. As time went on, seasons became a time to celebrate and acknowledge God’s provision and mercy. Daniel points us to God’s supremacy when he states that God “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” These reflections are intended to guide our affections toward God to give us courage and strength to press on. And, we are to take time to pass this knowledge on to our children. The shema’ in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 commands God’s people to diligently retell the stories of God’s work throughout history. This “education” is the means God uses to aid parents to bring up their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord.” In doing so we embrace the thoughts of G.K. Chesterton when he remarked, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” Take note that this is the purpose of a classical, Christian education at Washtenaw Christian Academy…to prepare and equip servant-leaders who positively impact a world in need of Christ. Servant leadership is our theme this year, and we will be exploring this theme in our chapel times as we understand how Christ’s example and God’s work makes this truth a reality in our lives. Welcome back to an exciting year of learning at WCA where the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!