Our guest author for this post is Andrew Hayes, Principal of Ambleside Colorado.

It’s been a joy to see the mainstays of an Ambleside education markedly evident in the past three weeks of in-person learning: joy, delight in learning, and growth. It’s really true that in the midst of the pandemic, with so many headlines in the news about dire outcomes for parents and children, and with so much angst in our broader culture about education in general, that our past three weeks at Ambleside have been peaceful, rigorous, and (even with all of the good precautions we’ve been taking) relatively normal. Will you pause now and thank God with me for his faithfulness for a healthy and thriving school year so far? It truly has been a blessing to be together, and a joy as a principal to see our students learning and growing in the classroom.

Last week, we read Psalm 46 at assembly and further considered this year’s theme from Joshua 1:9.

The psalmist begins by saying:

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

Though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

At times like these, with wildfires across our state, further concerns about the pandemic and the coming cold and flu season, with the elections coming in November, and the myriad of other personal concerns and troubles you and I all have in our lives, it is important to remind ourselves of this: God is with us. He is a refuge and a safe place. He is very present with us in our immediate circumstances, and in our long-term fears and anxieties. Now, take a deep breath with me; it feels good to meditate on that truth today, doesn’t it? Even if everything we stand on falls away, even if the mountains we depend on crash into the sea, He stands firm, and He won’t leave us or forsake us.

What if your family made that little pause we just did, to think about God and His Word, a daily habit? What if we reminded each other about the truth (that He is always with us), and helped make each other aware of his loving presence in our homes? Could we end each day in prayer, being still and aware of our Loving Father as a family? How might that change the atmosphere of our homes?

The psalmist concludes Psalm 46 with these words from God:

Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations.

I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us:

The God of Jacob is our fortress.

May September bring with it time to be still in the midst of the whirlwind of life, and may you know God’s presence in a way that you never have before.