Thursday, June 5, 2003

Graduation

From common faith grew loving bonds

Rachel Gerger
Northwest Christian

Although we don't seem to be as close as some of the other classes who have gone before us, Northwest Christian's Class of 2003 is unified in Christ.

So many things have made a bond between us, from four years of high-school retreats, to ministry hours, to weekly chapels.

One of the most growing experiences was our senior trip to the Twin Lakes challenge course, where we learned to trust and rely on each other to catch each of us when we leaped for the “rubber chicken” and climbed the obstacle course wall.

Our world is a small one, but with an awareness of a greater one.

Being a high school of less than 500 students, our grade levels tend to blend together, creating close relationships with underclassman.

The teachers are like our best friends, and the campus is small but feels like home.

There is always someone singing or playing music in the halls, and classes are close and like seminars.

We have learned to collaborate with one another.

Individually, each person contributes to the class a God-given gift or talent. The best way to describe it is in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 12: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

We love each other even if we don't always admit to it.

We will miss each other not just because we went to high school together, but because some of us have been together since kindergarten.

We are a family, and from our experiences in weakness and strength, we take a piece of each other and memories with us to the next level.

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