I recently got to experience once again the annual 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C. It’s a marathon week of seeing all the sites and soaking in our nation’s history, government, and culture. You might be surprised though to hear that one of my favorite things about the trip was the meals. No, not because the food was always haute cuisine (not even close trust me 🙂 I enjoyed the mealtimes because it was a great time of fellowship with various colleagues, students, and parents. It was nice to get to know people a little better and not talk about St. Luke’s business.

I’ve been thinking about those meals in the context of our theme for this school year “See the Light…Be the Light” based on John 8:12. 1 John 1:7a says “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” There are a lot of things in this world that can bring us together – weddings, funerals, holidays, birthdays, and more. But true fellowship with one another comes only through Jesus Christ. He breaks down the barriers of sin, anger, jealousy, hurt, etc. that can separate us, keep us apart, or just cause us to drift away from each other. Being brothers and sisters in Christ allows us to gather, share, and celebrate around the one thing we have in common and are thankful for. So, I want to encourage you to reach to someone that perhaps you haven’t connected with lately. Share a meal or dessert or coffee and embrace the fellowship that comes from all that Jesus did for us.