"Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth." Psalm 127:4
After an engaging discussion with our upper school students on whether we can repeat the past, a local pastor shared with me how excited he was about how Covenant is preparing our students to be a light to the world. I shared this with your children on Friday during Chapel and also shared the surprising reality that, according to the Bible, life is war and they are arrows. We are in the midst of a cultural battle of good and evil, light and dark, truth and lies. We feel this each day as we help our children make choices but often we think that this is not the way it's supposed to be; that the difficulties we experience in raising our children must be a product of modernity.
The Bible tells a different story. God's people have always been called to be a light and to raise their children to be lights in a dark world. But arrows? Yes, arrows. Covenant Academy is raising up arrows for the Lord (a quiver full in fact!). The grammar school is fashioning sharp, pointed edges out of strong stone. With each corrected paper, each encouragement for a strong line, each "ready positions, please" we are making our arrow heads stronger. This takes 7 years from K-6th grade. Corrections are loving reminders of one stone on another, sharpening both (yes, teachers are sharpened by our students for sure!). Our logic teachers are choosing reeds that will serve as strong shafts for the arrow heads. These must be sturdy, strong and smooth so as to hit the target with little resistance. With each essay full of red-inked corrections, each challenging question of logic, each re-worked problem, we are preparing our arrows for their task. Our rhetoric teachers want the arrows to soar quickly and beautifully; they fashion the arrow with feathers to guide them and aid their flight.
With each opportunity to address a crowd, each challenging assignment and engaging discussion, we are preparing our arrows to hit their mark. Each part of our school focuses on a different aspect, but all are seeking to train up the arrows in the way they should go. Grammar teachers focus on the fundamentals. Logic teachers focus on the reasoning. And rhetoric teachers focus on eloquence and persuasion. It is our honor to be able to partner with parents in this process so that the battle is ultimately won in the name of the King.