It’s late May on campus, and the sun is shining, the tent is up, and the events are happy. Convocations, awards and graduations celebrate many accomplishments. And yet, joy and grief are tightly intertwined as we think of the four middle school students who lost a parent this year, and others in the SJP community – we know them well, too – who have been overwhelmed with sorrow.
So it is with heavy hearts we read in today’s Scripture that we are to “sing to the Lord a new song” and it is with honesty that we ask how one sings in the face of such inexplicable loss.
And I think the answer is we must try to know why we sing. We don’t sing out of what we have, or who we are, or what our circumstances may be. We sing because of who God is. We sing because He’s the Song Writer and our Reading today describes him as kind and faithful, just and victorious. Our lives may not feel worthy of song at the moment, but He is always worthy of our singing.
May God bless the Cianciaruso family, the Ghiu family, the Melanson family, and the other families in our community who are entering a summer season that does not feel like any summer season that has gone before. May the rest of us hold them up in faithful prayer as they navigate this new terrain.
– Sharon Randall P'20 '22