Isn't it fun to celebrate? I feel like we are in a season of celebration at Valley. On Tuesday we had the opportunity to celebrate with Faith and Naomi as they moved into the basketball 1000 Point Club! They both recorded their 1000th point in the same game! That is something that has never happened before. Next week we will have our annual Spirit Week and Jam the Gym basketball games. Our students will have dress up days and special events and a pep rally. It will be a week of celebration. On Friday at the Jam the Gym event, Valley will introduce the members of the first class of our Athletic Hall of Fame. And while it is still January we have been meeting and planning for two spring celebrations you won't want to miss, the Spring Soiree on April 18th and Mr. Richter's retirement celebration on May 3rd!
While we enjoy all of these highlights we also know there are a lot of people who are feeling loss or pain. As we go through a school year it is stunning the number of difficulties and tragedies our students and families go through. As a school community and people of God we walk through these difficult times with them and constantly remind our students that they are never alone.
As I thought about all of this it took me back to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It starts by saying, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." When we read through these verses what we focus on is often dependent on what season we are in. In the good times we highlight that there is a time to build, a time to laugh and a time to dance. Amidst struggles we are reminded there is a time to weep, a time to mourn and a time to uproot. What we are assured of, no matter the season, is that God is with us every step of the way. We are reminded again in Hebrews 13:5, "... God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Whatever your current season know that God is with you, He loves you, and He will never leave you.