"But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.”
In his book, Mere Christianity, CS Lewis draws our attention to the nature of this quote from 1 Chronicles 29:14. He says, “every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given to you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.” The author goes on to illustrate his point by telling the story of a young boy who asks his father for “sixpence” in order to buy him a birthday present, pointing to the fact that because he has essentially purchased his own birthday gift, the father is sixpence none the richer. Similarly, all we have to offer God is from Him and we do well simply acknowledge the nature of the relationship and offer thanks.
Last Saturday, we gathered together to acknowledge that reality- that all we have, and thus all we have to give back, is from His hand. The Lord has been the sustaining force behind Ambleside in all its endeavors, and Saturday morning we paused to contemplate the nature of this arrangement and to give thanks for all of the things, people, places, and ideas, which have come from His hand, then we offered them back to Him.
It was such a joy to be together as we sang Be Thou My Vision, prayed from the four corners, and over each place of learning and living. Each day is a new day of discovery and thanksgiving on this campus, and ceremonies like the one we engaged in on Saturday will further solidify our new home, in our minds, and in our hearts, as truly a gift, a miracle.
Furthermore, as the Lord did in the beginning, and always over the years, he continues to use the gifts, talents, resources and wisdom of committed, thoughtful, and faithful teachers and parents here at Ambleside who work hard to give this gift to their children and to the children of others. I want to extend a special thank you to Brittany Durst for coordinating more than we know and for getting all the food and refreshments just right, the school board members who got here especially early to help set everything up, and all the wonderful folks who volunteered their time getting the school looking great for the event. It’s a joy to be a part of such a fantastic community. Have a great week! Mr. York