Our Preschool Director, who is home on maternity leave, has written a reflection for us on the power of love. All teachers have the privilege of extending that love to children during the school day. We here at Our Savior’s Lutheran School feel especially blessed that we are able to articulate the love of God to our students in our preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. As a private, Christian school it is an honor to extend that nurture through the Christian education we provide alongside our developmentally appropriate academics that pushes each child to stretch and grow. It all comes down to love:
There is nothing simpler yet more complicated than love. Love can be joyous yet heartbreaking-all within the same breath! For many of us, we come closest to experiencing the kind of miraculous love that God has for us when we have children of our own - the all lasting, ever forgiving, consistently patient, astonishing love that only a parent can feel for a child.
The love you give your child during the preschool years is irreplaceable. Research confirms the first five years of a child’s development is a crucial time period of their learning, growing, and fostering opportunities to love their surroundings. So where in your day are you providing time for your family’s love? Do you have a favorite way of showing love to your child? Are you able to see that you are loved as well?
The apostle Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:1-2 (The Message) “1 In light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk - better yet, run! - on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. 2 And mark that you do this with humility and discipline - not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love.” This piece of scripture is a beautiful reminder of the miraculous ability for us to love one another, including our family, and to never slow down in doing so. Loving our children is an experience that goes quickly. May you all see that love is not only scripturally given as instructions for us to live by, but when done simply love can be a lifelong contagious mindset!
Here’s to a month of embracing the joy of true love and showing our children that they are miraculously loved and adored!
Blessings to you and your family, Katherine L. Yeakel OSLS Preschool Director