Out on a Limb

Trees fill every corner of Northwest Washington. We are called “The Evergreen State,” after all. When I started teaching first grade at Shoreline Christian I was told to “teach something about trees.” Over the years I’ve developed curriculum for my fall science units about deciduous, evergreen, and Christmas trees. We also learn a verse every year that reminds us that God watches our growth. We are like trees.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He shall be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” Jeremiah 17:7,8

This year as we practiced this verse, it struck me that this short passage is a picture of Christian education in my life. Why do we have Christian schools? Why do parents make the choice to send their children to them? Why did my own mother scrimp and save to make sure that I had a Christian education from kindergarten through my last year of college?

It’s all about roots and the stream. Life has lots of storms. People move in and out of our lives. Sadness comes and goes. What calms my heart in those times of trial? I know from my head to my toes, from my roots to my branches that I belong to God and He’s in control. Christian education sent my roots to the stream, no matter how far away it may seem. I’m very thankful for that. It makes me strong and courageous.

~Eileen Faber, First Grade Teacher and parent of SCS Alumni