Author: Mrs. Robi Marshall
At chapel on Friday, seventh grade student leader, Ryan Lavey reminded us, that all that is taught at Arma Dei Academy is based on the principle that God is the creator of all that exists. Therefore all knowledge, all that we learn, is interrelated and proceeds from Him.
Ryan directed our attention to the church calendar, which provides much instruction. We are currently in the season of the 40 days before Easter; it is known as Lent. The word, Lent is derived from the Germanic root for long because it is observed in spring when the days get longer. Lent prepares for the holiest time of the Christian year; the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a season of reflection, repentance, waiting and remembering that God gave his only son as a substitution for us.
Thus, it was significant that our chapel service began with the fourth grade singing the very reflective Dona Nobis Pachem; expressing “bring us or grant us peace”.
Pastor Joseph McCormick taught us on the significance of Matthew 4:19-20; “And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”
Galilean fisherman’s nets weighed between 50 and 200 pounds and were often encircled with weights to propel the net downward when tossed into the sea. While the nets insured the fisherman’s success and they also weighed them down. As Jesus compels us to follow him, let us learn from the disciples. We are to leave our nets; those worries, sins, and distractions that weigh us down and follow him. A February hymn sung in chapel seems to sum up these thoughts beautifully. The author, Kathrina von Schlegel expresses,
“Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”
Thus, let us continue to prepare our hearts as we sense Easter approaching; let us leave our nets and follow him.
Please join us Friday mornings for Arma Dei Academy chapel from 8:15-8:45.