So today ends our daily scripture reflections as we head into the summer months. I am extremely thankful for all the good folks in the SJP community—students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, friends of St. John—who have been kind enough to share their faith and their lives with us during this academic year. Thanks also to the larger community who reads these daily reflections and joins us in prayer in conjunction with the readings of the day. I know for me, it is a source of great support that we are all praying with one another.
In speaking for myself, the summer months always provokes at least a slight feeling of anxiety. The structure of the school year and the school day is always something that has worked for me. Having these three months just laying out there without the reassurance of school every day has been a challenge to me probably since I was a kid. Perhaps that's why I went into this line of work!
So, for me, if it's OK with all of you, I will take comfort in knowing that we will still all be praying for each other over the summer. As our schedule changes, and becomes more hectic at times and then perhaps more relaxing as well, I still plan on reading the scriptures every day. As I do, I will no doubt take some consolation in knowing that you are all here with me as the mythic "idyllic" summer will become all too real in the Ruemenapp household. There will be plenty of good times, I am sure, and plenty of the real world. That's the blessing of having a "real" life—and I am blessed. And, I hope you take some comfort in the fact that as I take my time most mornings to read through the scriptures during June, July and August, I will think of you as well and keep you in my prayers. Let's keep praying for each other.
– Steve Ruemenapp is Assistant Principal for Mission and Identity, husband and father of four.