Of course the answer to that question depends on the context. There are times when we wonder whether we are secure in our identity. We sometimes question whether we are secure in our salvation. We are concerned about the security of our computers when connected to the internet. We hope our national security is being protected by the elected government. If we are jobless we hope to secure a place of employment, if we want to save for the future we seek to make secure investments with our funds, and so on. Perhaps the word “safe” is the closest there is to a synonym for “secure”. And so, we have “security systems”. There are locks and keys and codes for our “safes,” our homes, our cars and all our other stuff; we do the best we can. But, as the latest headlines repeatedly remind us, “enough” is often not enough.
We would all like to be “safe and secure,” and we want the same for those we love. However, we live in a world in which security seems a fleeting thing at best and, from a certain point of view there is no such thing as temporal security in a fallen world. So, we wonder how a Christian should cope with a culture so filled with mindless, hellish violence. How do we engage with this world as those commanded to make disciples–and yet remain “safe”? After tragedies like the recent school massacre in Connecticut we are inclined to hunker down and we can easily end up being held captive by fear—which does not happen to be the way our Lord wants us to live. Jesus told His disciples, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matt. 10:28). On the evening before His violent murder on a cross Jesus again told His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Trouble in the world, that’s what we have; trouble between nations, trouble in our country, trouble in our cities, trouble in our schools, everywhere there is trouble. Then there is Jesus, this great Lord and Savior, Who invites us into His peace and wants to give us His peace. Because He paid the redemption price for our sins and so Paul could say, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1). The writer of Hebrews says, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Heb. 13:5-6). In Christ our person is secure, though not necessarily our body.
However, because He understood that we are “like sheep among wolves,” Jesus also told His disciples to be “shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves,” and to “be on guard against men” (Matt. 10:16-17). At Summit we don’t believe that a culture of fear is conducive to a healthy learning environment. At the same time, we want to be “shrewd as snakes” in the watchcare of our students. We recently held the first of an ongoing series of meetings on emergency preparedness in which we discussed campus security. As a result of that meeting a number of measures will be put in place to make our campus as “safe” as we can make it. There will be more news to come on that. In the meantime, as members of the Summit family I encourage you to not succumb to that culture of fear that robs us of our joy. Rather, I urge you to embrace and rest in God’s peace on the one hand, and pray for His protective hand on the other.
Heads-up for the coming week:
- In light of comments above Summit is embracing several new policies. As mentioned earlier, all classrooms will remain locked throughout the day. Thanks to VCA the doors to the classrooms have been re-keyed and Summit is now a closed campus. If you come to school for any reason other than to drop off or pick up your children you will need to come to the office and check in (please do not go to the classrooms). You will be given a visitor/parent badge which should be returned to the office after your visit. I apologize for any inconvenience but circumstances require us to take these steps.
- January is PROCUREMENT MONTH at Summit for the upcoming AUCTION. We currently have only about 10% of the needed inventory of items for the auction. Please do your part to procure several items or experiences that can be donated to the auction. Please contact Tricia Ritter if you have questions or need information. We are counting on all the parents’ participation, to make the auction a success!
- Thank you Summit families for giving the school your empty printer cartridges/toners Summit was given $112 in purchasing credit at Staples simply from dropping off empty ink cartridges and toners given by parents. It would be wonderful if we all continue to give those same items throughout the coming school year? A seemingly small thing that makes a difference in our budget. Empty cartridges can be given to teachers, or can be placed directly into the Cartridge World box in the library.
- Also, please remember that box tops earn money for our school. If you have questions please contact Kelly Wilson.
- Summit is adopting a new policy for yellow slips. From this point forward if your child receives a yellow slip from their teacher, you can expect a contact from that teacher to explain the circumstances and to discuss any remedial action that may be necessary.
- We still have an immediate need for recess supervisors!! Open slots are Thursday at 11:45AM and Monday lunch recess. If any of you could participate in this way it would be great appreciated by our teachers who need this break time for planning.
- Because of the increased size of our student population it has been decided Valentine cards will be given this year within individual classes and not school-wide.
- Parents, when you pick up your children please ask them to help police the playground check to see that they are leaving the playground in good shape with all of their articles
- Ettiquette during morning assembly; Parents, while I realize that drop-off time in the morning is a convenient time to catch up with other parents and teachers, please do not do so during assembly itself. It is difficult for the children to come to order when they see and hear the adults not coming to order.
- Please PRAY for our school!