Each morning staff at Covenant start the day with a devotion either in large or small groups. Some years the small groups include a book, chosen by Principal Bill Rusin for staff to discuss in depth each week.
This year, Bill has chosen the book Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. Through this book, Jerry Bridges has been challenging staff to look carefully at the sins we tolerate (such as pride and anger) and how they can sometimes be lost by our perception that there are some sins greater than these. He asks 'have Christians become so preoccupied with the major sins of our society that we have lost sight of our need to deal with our own more subtle sins?' His exploration of the bible and reflection on the gospel message has resulted not only in a book of awareness of God's glory, but also one of hope and redemption. As he writes in the preface 'above all, to God be the glory both now and forever. Amen.'
Continuing in this theme, in a recent staff devotion Deputy Principal, Mrs Chris O'Sullivan, read out this poem as a reflection on what the staff have been discussing on 'Respectable Sins':
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain
Who is Jesus Christ, our Lord
(attributed to Sir Francis Drake -1577)
What a blessing it is to begin each work day together, remembering our great God and Saviour and His love and care for us!