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How delightful it is to write to you at the end of a full week of school– our first steps forward together in what promises to be a faith-stretching year. More than one tear was shed as we raised our voices together in song each morning, and one message rang truer and truer with each verse: we serve a faithful God.

Based on the prophet Jeremiah’s words from the book of Lamentations, now over 2600 years old, the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” gave us perfect expression the past five days for our experience of returning to school together after a long period of waiting, watching, and hoping. In the climactic Chapter 3, Jeremiah proclaims: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth” (Lamentations 3:22-27). Kids really can endure a great deal, and God in His wisdom has designed much of our character to be shaped in our early years. That’s one of the reasons why we believe so strongly in offering Biblically grounded, Christ-centered classical education. But God knows our school curriculum is only part of the picture; He is always customizing His own extra-curricular coursework for His people, and our trials through the coronavirus pandemic are no exception. Facing trials and affliction has been (and will continue to be) difficult, but it has made our morning praises and affirmation of His faithfulness all the sweeter this week.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers for our students, staff, and community and for our sustained health and ability to keep our doors open. We give all glory to God. I have loved watching the joy of our teachers teaching and our students learning together again this week. This is how it was meant to be, and we are truly blessed. Future trials, should they come, should not be read as a sign of God’s disfavor or abandoned care. His grace has been and will be sufficient for each day, His mercies new every morning. For today, and in each of our days ahead, may we enjoy the feast of His fatherly provision and care, and let us loudly sing of the glory of His works and faithfulness for us. Congratulations on a great first week of school. Jesus loves you, CCA!

In Christ,
Bill Stutzman