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Chaplain's Reflections: Connection

As we come to the end of this school year, I want to share with you the chapel talk that I gave in our closing all school chapel this week. I wish you all blessings as we enter the summer and continued prayers for safety and happiness!

At the very beginning of the video that you just watched was a poem by Mary Oliver called The Uses of Sorrow—it went like this…

 

Someone I loved once gave me

A box full of darkness.

 

It took me years to understand

That this, too, was a gift.

 

We are coming to the close of a really hard school year. A year that has certainly felt at times like we had been given a box full of darkness. We have had to change the way that we do school, we have lost so many things—freedom of movement, class trips, full sports seasons, just to name a few—and with any loss comes sorrow, sadness. It’s normal to feel sad about the things that we have lost. It is ok to feel mad that this year has maybe not been what you wanted it to be. And yet, there has also been joy and growth that has come out of this crazy mixed up year.

 

 Someone I loved once gave me

A box full of darkness.

 

It took me years to understand

That this, too, was a gift.

 

In the darkness of this year, in the changes and the losses have come so many gifts.  I want to share a few of the gifts that I have discovered this year, and I encourage you to talk in your cohorts about the gifts that you have discovered.

I have discovered that people are amazingly adaptable. This year has been a constant lesson in don’t get too comfortable with the way things are, because they are bound to change. In person, online, sometimes back and forth, we figured it out. The Scouts have a motto “be prepared.” I learned to never leave my computer at school, because I never knew when I would need to work from home—my back got stronger carrying my heavy bag, but I was prepared!

I have been reminded this year of the power of creativity. Figuring out how to do school, how to do chapel, how to hold graduation and so many other events this year has been all about creativity. Thinking outside of the box and not getting stuck in the mentality of we’ve always done it this way.

But perhaps the biggest thing that I have learned this year is that connection—real connection—is so important. Whether it is through a screen or face to face we need to connect with one another. We can’t get through the tough things in life by ourselves, we need other people to come alongside us. To pick us up when things are bad, and to laugh with us when they are good.

As I have walked the halls and listened in on Zoom meetings, I have heard community being formed—connections and creativity being created. And so at the end of the crazy year, reflecting on the ups and the downs the thing that I am is thankful—Thankful for this place, thankful for all of you, and thankful that we have gotten to create community with one another.