This is our last Eagle in 2016. How can it be that 2016 is almost over? As I write this, I can hear our elementary students practicing for Thursday evening’s elementary Christmas program….I couldn’t resist. I had to go to the multi-purpose room to check it out. The primary and grade one students were up on the risers. Groups of three children were taking turns singing into the microphones while the rest of the students sang along, as well. What stood out to me were the numerous personalities that were so obvious, even at this young age. There were the leaders – those telling the other students when it was their turn and when they were to step back from the mics. There were the outgoing students – those that sang with abandon into the microphones, enjoying the sound of their own voices. Then there were the shy ones – they quietly sang and did exactly as they were told. I noticed those that could barely contain their excitement. Their arms waved around in the air or they jumped up and down. One little girl sang with her eyes closed. Another little boy had a crazy Christmas hat on, a quiet leader standing in the back row. What fun to see all the different personalities of our youngest students!

As we take a break from our regular schedules and have more time to spend with our families, I encourage you to really enjoy your kids. These little ones will be taller than you in no time at all (my baby has been towering over me for years!). Encourage them to grow this year, using their gifts and talents for God’s glory. Nudge them on when they have to work hard at something, for they will feel the satisfaction from having put in their very best effort. Forgive them when they mess up, and apologize when you do, too. And above all, love them…just because. We can do all of these things because we have been given God’s most amazing gift of grace – His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ.

I will close this year by sharing with you the lyrics from a much-loved Christmas carol written in 1754 by Charles Wesley. The salvation message is packed into this song of hope, love, and peace. I wish you and yours a most blessed Christmas season. I look forward to spending 2017 with you and your family.

Because of His Faithfulness,

Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.
Director

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”