Olympics: Running the Race
Our key Bible chapters for our school theme this year, Faith in Action: Heroes for God, are Hebrews chapters 11 & 12. Chapter 11 lists out the heroes and how they are commended for their faith, while chapter 12 provides encouragements and warnings, reminding us that we are part of God's story, part of the time-line from the creation of the world to the time when Jesus comes again; part of that "great cloud of witnesses" who can tell of the wonders God has done and is doing. Verses one and two read: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV). The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we are in training, we may endure pain and obstacles, but to be encouraged, as those are all part of the training and learning process.
I can't help but think of Hebrews 2 as the Winter Olympics approach. I love the Olympic games (despite the politics) and am amazed each time by the athletes' perseverance, determination, and skill. This week, we are blessed to have Krista DuChene, an Olympic marathon runner, come to Woodstock Christian School to speak to our students about her experiences as a Christian, a Christian athlete, and as an Olympian. Check out Krista's story: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/krista-duchene/ or http://www.runottawa.ca/running-talk-canadian-marathoner-krista-duchene-2.
Another ordinary hero - doing extraordinary things. Krista is using the gifts with which God has gifted her, sharing her faith, sharing her story. Krista will be with us on Thursday, February 8th at 10am (JK-3) and 1030am (4-8).
C. Verbeek, Principal