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The Great “I Am”

At the secondary Christmas concert, the students sang a song called “Mary, Did You Know?” It’s a song addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, asking if she really understood that she was to bear the very Son of God. Some of the lyrics read:
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

And finally, it asks if Mary understood that “that sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.”

The Almighty God referred to Himself as I AM. He simply said, “IAM WHO I AM.” It is hard to put into words just how important this name is. It means that God exists – that He was, and is, and is to come. It also indicates that God was not created. He is the inexhaustible source of energy who does not grow tired or weary. God is energy and power. His power comes from Himself, from who He is. His name also tells us that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is absolutely faithful. He is an absolute God.

Perhaps the greatest implication of God being I AM is that this infinite, absolute God has drawn near to us by sending Jesus Christ to this earth to dwell among us. Jesus referred to himself as I AM because He was not only true man, but also true God.

At this Christmas time, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I want to remind us all of the Good News that the angels declared so long ago, “Do not be afraid. I bring you GOOD NEWS that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

By believing in Jesus as our Savior we are forgiven of our sins and released from the bondage of sin and guilt. We are given eternal hope because we are heirs with Christ Jesus who has declared us forgiven. Is this not the BEST NEWS that anyone could share with us?

As this is the last Eagle before we celebrate Christmas, I want to wish you all a most blessed time with your families. But most of all I pray that you will truly understand what Christmas is all about. Just as Mary, the mother of Jesus, pondered these deep truths in her heart, may we take time to appreciate that God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save us. Jesus left Heaven willingly, to humble Himself as a human baby so that He could take our place as payment for our sin. Truly, this is GOOD NEWS! Truly, Jesus is the great I AM!

I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Director
(Some thoughts from 1984 article by John Piper called “I Am Who I Am.”)

Motivation

My husband and I were privileged to sing at the Christmas Concert this week as part of the staff choir. Now, that’s not unusual for me, as I have always been part of different choirs. I haven’t had the chance to perform in public lately, but I’ve sung with church and community choirs, and even played a role with a solo in “Hello, Dolly!” What was very different was that my husband volunteered to sing, and I didn’t even ask him! Believe it or not, we sang to each other at our wedding 38 years ago. Granted, his father wasn’t very encouraging, but Greg did it because he was in love and knew that it meant a lot to me. Basically, I don’t think I gave him the option NOT to sing.

So why did Greg sing at our wedding and then decide that after all of these years it was a good idea to sign up to sing in public again? Motivation! Do you remember how you pursued (or were pursued) by a young, eager lover? Remember the flowers, the gifts, the dates? Motivation. He wanted something(one) and would do anything to get it. For Greg, the thought of being able to say that he had sung in one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Vienna was motivation enough to prompt him to risk it all for that one chance to sing. Again, motivation.

What motivates you? What is it that prompts you to get up in the morning or to take risks or to step outside of your comfort zone to accomplish something? What prompts you to keep trying even when something is hard? I recently heard it said that we cannot motivate others; motivation can only come from within. We can inspire others to want to do something, but we can’t do what only they can do – put in the effort, take the risk, DO it.

Motivation is one aspect of what we call GRIT. At this time of year, our students are probably more motivated by pleasing Saint Nicholas and keeping Krampus away than they are by being good and faithful students. But just like my husband surprised me by singing at Peterskirche, it is never too late to cultivate that inner motivation to accomplish those things that are important to us. We will keep plugging away at teaching your students the importance of motivation here in our classrooms. We hope that you are seeing a difference at home.

I hope that you were able to celebrate Christmas with us at Peterskirche this week, and I would like to invite you to come out next Thursday, December 13, to our Elementary Christmas Concert here at the school. What a special time of year!

Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Director