Parents Partners of SSBA,
Tragedy struck our community yesterday, but we know God works all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). Each one of us are in some way affected by the events that took place in Sutherland Springs and my heartfelt condolences go out to anyone in our school community who have lost loved ones in this diabolical and cowardly act. I want to remind you that my office is always open and I will make myself available if you need to talk. Certainly, our teachers have been instructed to be extra sensitive to the emotional needs of their students as we move forward. And that is our focus in the classroom: moving forward and allowing you as a parent to work through this appropriately with your child with our prayerful support. Parents, if you need resources for counseling or helping your child process what happened, please come see me.
I also wanted to take the time to assure you that we have protocols in place for dealing with incidents on campus. Our school is as safe as it can be and the teachers and staff here have all been reminded of those procedures as well as the importance of always remaining vigilant. The physical safety of our students is our highest daily priority.
Finally, you may be asking why and how something like this could happen here. The Bible is clear we live in a world that’s cursed by sin. Everything, everywhere is tainted by man’s rebellion against his Creator and the fruit of that rebellion is death (Rom. 6:23, James 1:15). But, the Bible also assures us of the hope of eternal life that we have only through Christ (Rom. 6:23). Jesus tells us in the world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). I realize that while those answers are biblically correct, the reality is it’s a lot harder to accept that truth when it happens in your backyard. Yet, I remind you that it’s still the truth and only the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is going to provide sufficient answers for us. I invite you to be take comfort with me in the truth that God “draweth nigh unto the brokenhearted…” (Ps. 34:18).
And our hearts are broken because we have an innate, God-given sense of justice and mercy and, frankly our souls know this was evil. But, there is coming a day when Christ will return in glory and wipe away every tear, right every wrong, and judge all evil. We’re told in scripture to “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which [have died] in Jesus will God bring with Him.” 2 Thessalonians 4:13-14. As Pastor Bret is fond of saying, keep looking up!
Jason Taylor, M.Ed.