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An Attitude of Thankfulness

January 08, 2021
By Joe Gaafar

In the past month, we have seen so much. Another Christmas has passed where we celebrate the birth of our Savior which reminds us of how blessed we are. We have been challenged by the pandemic with the fear of a deadly disease and the sorrow for lives lost. We changed our traditional holiday celebrations and have limited our gatherings, adjusted travel and limited contacts in order to protect those around us from the virus. And this week we saw the events unfold in our nation’s capital that many did not think we would ever see.

However, in all of this, we find so much to be thankful. Scripture tells us to: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

From my viewpoint, I see these instructions lived out daily. To see the rejoicing, all you have to do is walk down the halls of the school. The students are excited and bubbly. It’s great to see them talking excitedly and smiling. Another example of rejoicing was seen in a meeting with teachers earlier this week. The spirit of rejoicing was demonstrated in their enthusiasm and many compliments shared with each other and blessings expressed from their lives.

Although I’m not proud to admit it, the pandemic has caused me to spend more time in prayer than is typical. It is easy to pray during the extremes when things are really good or really bad, but we are called to pray continually. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) One of the great things about Christian education is the abundance of prayer we experience. Classes, meetings and events all begin with prayer. It is so inspiring to hear prayer initiated by so many people at our school and provides the focus we need.

Finally, we are thankful for so much at our school. First, for the students and the families that make the preparations to get them here. It is easy to take for granted our students and their willingness and interest in learning. The old adage about leading a horse to water is certainly true with education, so we can be thankful that our students and families choose to be at TPCS and come ready to learn and grow. We do not take this for granted.

We are thankful for the resources that God has placed in our hands. From the buildings, equipment and physical resources that enable the work we do to the financial resources that come from all our constituents and donors to fund our mission and vision and for the human resources which allow us to love on our students face to face and be the hands and feet of Christ.

We are also so thankful for our teachers and staff. Their passion for our mission and vision is demonstrated on a daily basis. Many have sacrificed so much to be here just so they can educate our children in a Christian environment. I am inspired and humbled to work alongside these people. Whether it is a teacher who spends so many hours at school or one of the receptionists at our buildings who greet us with a smile and kind word, our nurses who monitor all the protocols of this pandemic or our facility directors and janitors who keep our school clean and in good repair, we are blessed to have so many wonderful people.

We certainly have good reason to rejoice, pray and be thankful. I thank God for allowing me to serve Traders Point Christian School.

Joe Gaafar

Interim Head of School and CFO

Training scholars. Making disciples. Graduating leaders. 

Traders Point Christian Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.