An Advent Message from the CHS Headgirl

Last Updated: Friday, 30 December 2016 Published: Thursday, 22 December 2016 Written by Elleen Commodore

HeadgirlAs we enter the season of Advent, a season of giving and receiving, a season of celebration and feasting, I wish to ask you to pause with me and consider this: “Are you a grateful person? Do you thank God each day for the gift of life and health? Do you thank Him for the parents and loved ones who daily sacrifice the things that they want for the things that you need? Do you thank your friends for those moments of compassion and counsel they provide? Do you thank yourself even, for being a little bit stronger, a little bit smarter, a little bit kinder, everyday? I ask you to honestly consider your answers, for one very essential key to a successful spiritual and academic life is gratitude. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, and I quote :- “Give thanks in all things, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.  Therefore, as we culminate our term 1 of this academic year, I implore us all to give thanks to God for having allowed us to reach this point; give thanks to Him for the high marks; give thanks to Him for the “not-so-high” marks, for surely they could have been worse. 

While today concludes term 1 here at CHS, it commences simultaneously a joyful and festive season for our school body.  Therefore, keep “Gratitude” in mind and heart; I say to all, give thanks for the fruitcake, ham, presents and all the other anticipated joys the season brings. Give thanks for the providers of these delights: our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other friends and family. Most importantly, let us all remember the reason for the season - the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ - and give the greatest thanks of all for this marvelous gift. For in his life Jesus brought us many gifts: the gift of miracles, forgiveness for the fugitive, salvation for the sinner, and of course, the ultimate gift of His life on the Cross.

It was Winston Churchill who said  “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” So as we go on our merry ways, fleeing from the school gates like recently released convicts, let us remember to give thanks to God in all things. Do not complain if the shopping money is not as much as you would like or the presents under the tree aren’t as plentiful as you would like. Rejoice and reflect on the genuine meaning of this season. Remember, it is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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