September 13, 2017
There are so many times during the year when I am amazed by our student body. This past Thursday was another one of those days. In case you missed it, last Thursday was Duchenne’s Awareness Day. Duchenne’s is a type of Muscular Dystrophy that impacts young children. Last year it was discovered that Mr. Krieger’s grandson, Fritz, has Duchenne’s. Just like they did last year when we first learned of this diagnosis, our student body rallied around the cause. We raised close to $200 by selling red balloons which is a symbol for the Duchenne’s research. The students then carried their red balloons to class and then after chapel we gathered together and all the students popped their balloons as a symbol of defeating this terrible disease.
As I think about this day it reminds me of our theme verse for the year. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” With a disease that offers little hope, we still have hope. We have hope because we have a God who saves. We don’t know what the rest of Fritz’s life will look like on earth. We know he is just over a year old and learning how to walk. We know that the average child with Duchenne’s lives into their late teens or early twenties. We know that even if Fritz’s physical body fails, God is a God of life and Fritz will have eternal life. While there may not be a cure yet for Duchenne’s, God gave us a cure to our first disease of sin. He wiped it away with the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross so we can all live eternally.
Mr. Robert Koehne