Chaplain's Chat

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Term 3 Week 4



This week, Mrs Deanne Hamilton and myself will be in Hobart for the Anglican Schools Australia Annual Conference. The focus for this year is ‘Awe and Wonder’ – a wonderful theme given the stress and negativity that seems to permeate our world at this time.  It is a wonderful opportunity, not only to bless the people who attend the conference, but also to equip us to go back to Canterbury and bless both students and staff.

In one way, this is a call to practice mindfulness – to live with all our senses tuned in to all that surrounds us, whether it is the natural world, or the people who share this world with us. Our Year 6 students were encouraged to do this as they walked to and from the Chapel on their Retreat. The wonder and peace they felt as if it were the first time that they walked through the College grounds, seeing trees, hearing birds singing, and feeling the air on their faces.

In another way, this is a call to respond to God and his creation, as his beloved people, and to feel the awe and wonder that we read about in the scriptures. For example, in Exodus 15:11 we read: ‘O Lord – who is like you: majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?’ In Luke 5:26, when Jesus healed a paralyzed man, ‘everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Even more than this, we can be like God, and truly gaze at the world until we are overwhelmed by the wonder of it all. For as we read in Genesis 1: 3: When everything had been created, God saw all that he had made, and it was totally awesome! The Bible version is more restrained than this, but I’m sure that’s what it means!

My prayer is that we will all choose to practice mindfulness so that our spirits are lifted up in awe and wonder, and our hearts are full of praise and thanks to God for all the ways he blesses our lives.

Blessings,
Reverend Elroy Mee
College Chaplain