Wishing all our students, Gordonians, staff, and their families a safe and happy Easter.
Good Friday's Reflection from our school Chaplain, the Reverend Sarah Norbron:
So what is so amazing about grace? I love the word ‘grace’, and it is made so clear in John Newton’s famous hymn about Jesus’ sacrifice for us that first Good Friday, ‘Amazing Grace’. It is also the title of the 2006 excellent film about William Wilberforce. Maybe during this lockdown period, you could give it a watch. I have heard grace described as ‘Great riches at Christ’s expense’ which reminds us of Christ’s suffering. But of course Easter Day itself shows that Good Friday and Jesus’ death was not the end. Easter celebrates the joy of His resurrection. “Jesus is alive”. I shall miss our little Easter garden at school this year.
There are so many opportunities for us to show grace too. It’s those moments when we think before we speak. Are we being kind? But grace also speaks of putting ourselves forward for the sake of others and I know that members of the community are doing this, either in practical ways or by being on the end of a phone, or trying out the various ways of communicating on the internet, making sure people are getting some contact with others. Thank you all of you who are doing so much, especially our key workers.
I was so touched to see pictures of two of our girls getting involved in making masks and delivering food parcels. And it was good to see Mr Webb making all those visors. Thank you so much.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
John Newton 1779