In any tragedy or crisis, we see many people standing out and stepping up to save lives and make the world a better place. These heroic individuals can range from leaders of nations to ordinary citizens, who rise to the occasion to help others in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception.
In fact, the word hero has been used many times during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been used to describe the doctors and nurses, the supermarket workers, those feeding the hungry, people looking after elderly parents and the list goes on! Heroes.
All the amazing stories of heroism, justice and kindness emerging from our current situation brings to mind the following Bible verse:
‘He has told you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God’. Micah 6:8
God asks us to be heroes in this Bible verse, not just during a pandemic, but every day, as we live out our lives seeking to honour him.
During the Term 1 holidays we remembered the ultimate act of heroism. Jesus is not usually referred to as a hero (apart from the much-loved song, “Jesus You’re my superhero!”). Jesus goes one better. He’s not only a hero, but a Saviour. What Jesus did on the cross for us is the most selfless act any person can perform for another, as written in John 15:13-15;
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13-15
Jesus’ act of heroism didn’t stop there. In fact, that was only the beginning! Jesus then rises from the dead to give us life everlasting and eternity with him in heaven.
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’ 1 Peters 1:3
Our Chapel theme for the term is ‘Heroes’ where we will explore how all heroes, and their acts, are gifts to us, come from our Heavenly Father and ultimately bring glory to God. We can all be heroes in the small and big things that we do for God and each other every day. How will you be a hero today?
Bronwyn Wilson, Principal