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Partnering With You To Maintain Your Social-Emotional and Spiritual Health

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Rightly so, the last weeks have been all about our physical health. Sheltering in place, flattening the curve, and social distancing are all about one thing: preventing disease and keeping us physically healthy. Good job West Michigan, we appear to be making progress!

One of the challenges of maintaining our academic program amidst this public health and economic uncertainty is the pressure this puts on families. Switching gears to a completely new model of education is difficult even under ideal circumstances. Force it on people with less than a week’s notice, then tell them that this is the way it’s going to be for the rest of the school year, and it is bound to take a social, emotional, and spiritual toll.

We are committed to your whole health, not just physical. If you are struggling, you will find our teachers to be willing partners in making any needed adjustments. We realize that without your family’s social-emotional and spiritual health, there will be limited academic progress. If you need to talk, let us help you. You can begin by reaching out to your child’s teacher.

In the meantime, try practicing this biblical guide to spiritual health. You have Jesus’ word on it.

Scripture

Practice Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Loving Your Enemies

  • Forgiveness: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt. 6:12-14

  • Reconciliation: Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Matt. 5:23-24

  • Love your enemies: You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matt. 5:43-44

Practice Honesty

  • But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: … All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘ No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. .Matt. 5:34-37

Practice Self-Control

  • But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt. 5:27-28

Practice Generosity

  • No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matt. 6:24

Practice Humility

  • Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matt. 6:1

Practice Active Trust

  • So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt. 6:31-34

And about judging others….

  • Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matt. 7:1-2

 

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