April 12, 2017
Holy Week is a special time at Valley. The obvious reason is that we reflect on the Passion of Jesus as we talk, learn and remind ourselves about how He suffered and died for our sins. In the past I have been a part of schools that took their spring break over Holy Week. At this point I couldn't imagine missing out on the opportunity to share Holy Week with our students.
As we progress through the week we have chapel every day. Each day is designed to share the message of Jesus’ love for us and His willingness to die for us. Tuesday as a school we were able to experience worship in a different way as we were blessed to have a worship painter in chapel. It was moving to see the images created of our Lord. On Wednesday we learned about how Jesus served his disciples as He got on His hands and knees and washed the disciples’ feet. His love was tangible for us. He was willing to be humble and a servant even though He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. It reminds us that we need to serve others just as Jesus did. To practice this we had the chance to wash each other's feet in chapel. On Thursday we will look at how our sins held Jesus on the cross, but also how all of our sins were then left there. Our students will have a chance to nail a sin to the cross.
Through it all we recognize the compassion Jesus had for us. When Jesus had compassion for people He was moved to action. As we grow in our faith and walk through this week together, I pray we are also compassionate and as a result moved to act in our faith.
Mr. Robert Koehne