April 25, 2018

Are you ever thankful for a second chance? Sometimes those second chances come in the way of being able to accomplish a goal. Other times they are recommitting to something you have allowed to fall by the wayside. Occasionally we have second chances at relationships. Relationships usually end in one of two ways; there is a major issue that causes people to go their separate ways, or people just start to lose contact and after a while there isn’t much of a connection left.

I will admit that I am one of those people who will lose connection with individuals I don’t come in contact with on a regular basis. I really admire people who are great at keeping in touch and are able to foster and nurture relationships. Last week when I was traveling with Mia we were able to reconnect with her biological sister and our niece, Maria. Maria holds a very special place in my heart. When she was four years old there were some circumstances that led to Maria coming to live with us. She lived with us for about two years until she was six years old. During that time the two of us became pretty close. I remember reading to her at night, teaching her how to ride a bike and how to tie her shoes. When she was six some circumstances changed and she was able to go back home to live with her mom in Atlanta. It was great that they were reunited, but I will admit that was a very sad day for me and I shed more than a few tears having to say goodbye.

There are only so many ways to stay in contact with a six year old. I talked with her on the phone a few times and wrote her some letters through the years. Last weekend was the first time I saw her since the day we took her home to live with her mom. Maria is now 16 years old and finishing up her sophomore year in high school. It was great to see her and spend time with her that day. But what has been even better is now we are able to stay in contact moving forward. In the 10 days since I saw her we have already had several conversations. This is one time I want to make sure I don’t fail in staying connected to someone.

Unfortunately, our connection with God can often fall into the same trap. We slowly drift away, or maybe there’s an event that happens and we feel like we’ve lost our connection to God.  We start wondering if there is a way for us to get that back. The good news is that God is always there and always holding on to us. Jesus tells us in John 10:29, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” God is holding onto us and never letting us go. Talk with Him every day.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal