There is a lot of excitement at OCS this week! This afternoon, the school had the opportunity to go skating and tomorrow will be a day of campfires, singing carols, and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows! I have seen classes playing games, making Christmas cards and beautiful Christmas art, baking cookies, having a scavenger hunt, and sledding. What a blessing to celebrate Jesus’ birth together as a school community!

Over the Advent season, I have been working through a devotional that focuses on how Jesus was fully human and fully God. Sometimes it is hard for me to understand that Jesus experienced everything that we also experience, and that he understands deeply and completely what it is to be human. Our theme this year is Fully Known and Deeply Loved! What an amazing blessing to know that God knows us and understands the intricacies of our lives completely and, through it all, loves us unconditionally.

Every time I stop and really consider this, I am overcome with awe and wonder of what an amazing God we serve! God so richly blessed us by sending his son, Jesus, as a baby into this broken world to live a difficult, yet perfect life, and in the end take all of our sin upon himself when he died on the cross.

I’d like to share with you an excerpt from the devotional I’m reading written by Bob Arbogast.

God sent Jesus into a mad world, a world gone crazy. We know what that’s like. It was a world filled with noise and turbulence. Roman armies rattled their weapons of domination, while rebel groups raised their shouts for freedom. Religious factions argued their points of doctrine, while broken people lifted their cries of pain.

In the midst of all this racket, God spoke quietly (silently?), sending us Jesus. He didn’t look like much. And in the world’s eyes he didn’t amount to much. Even so, his enemies and the Romans would orchestrate a spectacle to be rid of him. At the center of it all was a cross.”

What an amazing gift!  Praise God!

I pray that you will experience God’s presence this Christmas season as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus, and reflect on the fact that He knows you completely and loves you unconditionally!

On behalf of all of the staff at OCS, blessings this Christmas and into the coming New Year!’

In Christ,

Jenny Bakker

Jenny Bakker
Interim Principal
Orangeville Christian School

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