to the Anglican Schools Office
The Anglican Schools Office exists to support, resource, provide training opportunities and build fellowship between the Chaplains and Religious Education teachers working in its associated schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and encourage interaction between the schools and the church.
I fully understand the slight feeling of desperation that can arise when, in the midst of seemingly countless demands, a priest or friend recommends that you need to take time to be still, to pray. Often this is accompanied by quotes like the one from Martin Luther: “I have so much to do today that I must spend the first three hours in prayer.” Maybe he didn’t have classes waiting.
But whereas three hours is beyond most of us, we can all simply stop occasionally, re-focus, breathe, and maybe acknowledge the God who is as close as that breath whether or not we realise it. We have enough secular, psychological evidence to support the importance of these “mindful” pauses. But we have so much more, too! We’re not just playing tricks with our minds in order to improve our wellbeing. We’re giving a tiny space for the God of all the universe, in all God’s infinite love and variety, to reach the part of us that needs reaching.
That’s really what we’re offering our students, too. In the middle of the stress and “stuff” that they’re working through this term, we’re helping them learn how to open the tiniest space to the possibility of God’s love. That’s all. We can trust God with the rest.
God is generous. God is good.