Around the LDCSS community, we have a lot of things to be thankful for. We have a terrific staff who are deeply invested in the lives of our students. We have had a great start to the school year, our 50th year of Christian learning in the greater London area. We have a huge diversity of student talents, gifts and abilities. Everything from musical talents, to athletic gifts to abilities to wonder and learn. When I asked several students how their Thanksgiving break was today, their responses were all positive citing family that they got together with, great food that they ate and time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather.
This is not to say that there are not challenges in our community and at times we have to be intentional about being thankful amidst real hardship. This is often easier said than done. Within our community, even in the short time that I have been here, I have become aware of several instances of cancer affecting our families, many different student health issues including concussions and other injuries, death in extended families, stress about the future for our Gr. 12 students, not to mention concern for issues that affect our wider world like those you will find in places like Syria.
I like the following verse from Philippians, which reminds us that in all of our anxieties and struggles, we should remember to be thankful in our requests to God, who sees all things, knows all things and has a good plan for each of our lives.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Further to being thankful, here is your smile of the day. This is Jenna Poortinga, Ethan te Brake, Emily Damsma and Reece Sparling in Gr. 9 Drama. They created this dance from scratch and wanted to share it with you (it is still a work in progress). Enjoy!