At a recent schoolwide chapel, Principal Don Short announced that the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) named senior Hania Kantzer a Commended Student, presenting her with a Letter of Commendation from Shenandoah Valley Academy and NMSP.
In the movie The Sound of Music, Maria sings “My Favorite Things” to the von Trapp children to comfort them during a thunderstorm. She tells them that whenever she’s scared or upset, she simply sings about things that bring her comfort and joy. I figure if she can sing about “raindrops on roses,” then I should be able to use Scripture to do the same thing.
I love this text, mostly because it is a simple proclamation of the gospel. But also because it sets the record straight in regard to the lies the serpent told in the Garden of Eden. Many people are still being convinced that God’s Word is not reliable, that God uses obedience to keep good things from his people and that we do not already have everything we need to reflect the image of God.
Throughout my life, this verse has always reminded me that God is in control. There are times when I wonder why things happen the way they do or if something in my life is the right thing for me. However, each time these doubts fill my mind, I remember that God puts everything in my life for a purpose.
I found myself at Psalms 118 and read it once, twice, three times; first in my head, and then aloud. The words were everything I needed at that moment. The psalm promised that God is there in my moments of distress, that He hears me when I feel overwhelmed and helpless and that He is my strength.
Why do we need peace? Better yet, why do we need God’s peace, and how is God’s peace better than the world’s? God gives us a kind of peace that the world cannot give. A kind of peace that takes away fear. One that is stronger than the world itself.