God is our shelter and refuge

During our Staff Devotions this week, the focus for those staff delivering the message has been about God being our shelter and our refuge. This idea that God is our ever-present safe place, particularly in times of adversity, is both reassuring and confidence building. It complements also, our theme for this year, Rise up – Have Courage. When we believe that God is always with us, we can be more brave in the way we live our lives, knowing that He can be relied upon to give us the strength and courage we need.

In devotion, we listened to a song by the Casting Crowns called, ‘Who Am I?’ I particularly connected to some of the lyrics in this song: “Whom shall I fear? I am Yours”; and “Lord, you catch me when I’m
falling”. These lyrics highlight how when we trust in God, we do not need to be afraid, because He will always be there for us. In recent times, I have come to understand the courage that comes from
faith in God, and reliance upon His constant love and support.

As teachers and staff at St Martins, we have a responsibility to encourage our students to rise up and have courage, and there are so many examples each day of how our students demonstrate their
courage and resilience. We can continue to support our students to be more courageous, by being reliable, caring and safe adults for them throughout their school day. In the same way that God is
our safety, our constant and our place of refuge, we too can be that for our students.

What a great privilege it is to be able to inspire, encourage and support our young people to live their lives courageously, with the knowledge that God will always be there to catch them when they

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Jane Savage | College Counsellor