This post is a bit more reflective than my usual content. It is Homecoming week at my school, and that means the days are filled with silliness and fun. In the middle of it all, we are trying to do some “school”. Our theme is Disney – The Happiest Homecoming on Earth. So our dress days and decor are all related to the Kingdom of the Mouse. It’s been a great deal of fun thus far and has kept the kids involved.
One of the things we do each year is link our Homecoming to some sort of service project that all the students can become involved with. This year, our STUCO selected the “Make a Wish” foundation and we are striving to send a little 4-year old girl to Disney World. It’s her “big wish” to spend some time visiting the happiest place on earth with her family as together they help her cope with a very serious heart ailment. Our kids hope to be the ones to grant this wish by their efforts in fund-raising for her.
This week is all about people coming home, but we started the week with the sobering experience of people being attacked in Las Vegas many of whom will never be going to their homes again. As a Christian, I find myself with mixed feelings about all this Home-coming and going. We tell ourselves this life is NOT our home… that we were made for something far better and for an eternity in our real home. Steven Covey said it best, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
My students (and most adults I know as well) live as if they are going to live forever. Not in a heavenly sense, but rather in an earthly sense. Scenes such as we saw this past week remind us that the reality is very very different. This week has reminded us all that we are all in transit… and while we think we are going places, we are all really traveling home. Joyful travels, friends!