Fifteen years ago today, still struggling to understand what was happening in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, we prayed and we wept – and we brought Sara, a first grader, to school. With the strange silence of LAX as an eerie backdrop, we joined the rest of our Westchester Lutheran School community in bringing our child to a place we knew she would not only be cared for, but comforted, uplifted, and loved.

In a world that continues to reverberate with the tragedies of that day, a world that is host to countless new tragedies every day, our school remains a beacon of hope. It is a symbol of our community’s desire for better days in a better world, a future that is possible because its leaders – though only students now – are being taught more than academics. They’re being taught ethics, leadership, virtue, and compassion.

The faculty we install today is charged with the immense task of preparing their students to be those leaders. They bring talent, training, and dedication to their work. They deserve our prayers, support, and appreciation as they engage and shape young minds and heart. Our school is an outreach of our mission as a church: As a congregation, we are charged to share the love of God with all, and giving students an education filled with hope and zeal and joy is a marvelous way to do that.

As Christians, our future is secure, through the grace of God. Let us aid others in finding that same security by supporting our students, faculty, and administration throughout the year with our prayers, our attendance at school functions, and our contributions to the Annual Fund. May God bless us all as we move forward in hope, together.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Colossians 3:16-17