What an unexpected joy it has been to see the sunrise over the Escambia River these past couple of weeks. I have to admit that the hectic pace that our family has kept over the past three months has not motivated a desire in me to get up before sunrise, but there is nothing like getting back to school and driving in from Pace to change that! These first glimpses of the sun dispelling the darkness remind me of the resurrection and the new life we have in Christ. I am especially thankful to have the Trinitas community with whom to celebrate that Good News.
Speaking of unexpected joy and the Trinitas community, of everything I have found commendable about this school, the thing that has brought me the most peace and joy is my observation of the obvious strength of our community. From my conversations and interactions with parents, teachers, students, and administrators, the sense of community and fellowship that I have already experienced here is uncommon among many schools. I think that most of us would agree that in spite of the changes that twenty-five years of history brings, the strength of community has remained one of Trinitas’ greatest blessings. I can see this played out in ordinary, everyday ways in the hallways, classrooms, events, and the Grand Hall, as well as in big ways, like supporting one another through family tragedies and hardships. It is amazing really, to have so many families from different backgrounds come together and, by God’s grace, build a community around the common interest of Deuteronomy 6:7.
As I walk into this place and spend time getting to know the people, habits, and traditions of Trinitas, I recognize that this community is one that has been long in the making. I recognize the responsibility that I now share with you in preserving and protecting this community. The koinonia that exists here is something worth actively preserving for years to come, and I encourage all of you to look for opportunities to encourage one another and build each other up. As the new guy here, I invite you to also bring me ideas of how we as a school can continue to preserve and improve our life together.
I could say so much more about stewardship of this gift, but the Apostle Paul and one of my favorite saints from ancient times articulate it so much better than I ever could:
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews 10:24-25
Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead, let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ’s flock. - Saint Boniface