- Written by MA. LUZ S. VILLANUEVA, MA. Ed. PhD. Hum.
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Let me begin by this great reminder from His Word where our school, the HarrellHorne Integrated School emanates our existence for the past 27 years. “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will bring health to your flesh and strength to your bone.” You have proven this Pandemic that theLord is in control of everything! The one school year have completed having your classes at home, using your gadget having all the time in your hand proves that you are indeed an overcomer, flexible and adaptable in any given situations indeed a true blooded Harrellians that’s what you are!
My dear graduates, life is not at all a bed of roses. The journey to life is not alwaysa smooth sailing. The journey to life is not having the “YOLO” as it was a popular line of mostly the millennials! It is not the utopian principle that “only happiness because the life we have on earth is not the life we need to pursue in heaven.”We should bear in mind that we only die once and there is always an eternal torment and eternal heaven. You are about to face another challenge to hurdle, the next level in your education, it could be the college or the high school whichstill you will be stucked at home in front of your computer or laptop, it’s now the “new normal”. With your parents who are always the “wind beneath your wings”they are your guide. They are the source of your strength next to God.
As Harrelians, the lofty ideal of the school that God is the only source of our strength and refuge. He is the source of everything. Let us always remember our experiences in this Pandemic time that nothing is permanent. That no one can boast of tomorrow and his future, only God. You may have all the best plans for your life but remember the journey is not smooth as always. Learn to be wise in everything you do. Always trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Dear Harrellians, always pursue the wisdom that comes from the Lord not from the World, when it enters your heart all your disposition in life will be according to his best plan. Discretion will preserve your understanding and will keep you todeliver you from the way of evil. Indeed your life is fashioned for God’s glory andnot for our own self alone. Congratulations and may all you dreams come true!
(SGD) MA. LUZ S. VILLANUEVA, MA. Ed. PhD. Hum.
- Written by Ma. Luz S. Villanueva
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Advent season as we all know is about waiting or preparation in the birth of Jesus Christ His coming as the father sent Him to be our redeemer. That was His first coming where we use to celebrate Christmas season. In this year 2020, where the whole world came didn't expect the catastrophic effect brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, thus, no one can say that we are “prepared” but all are in shock. The worldly celebrations and activities were put to a halt. This advent season is a different kind of preparation , might be of course, we still do prepare early the symbols of Christmas as a joyous season hoping that all the challenges we've been through, the Covid, the calamities can’t just be ignore but I would say these are the kind of advent preparation that is looking forward to the second coming of Christ. No one would claim when and the time He is coming back but it's all up to us how are we to be prepared. The message of advent is about great love of God for us! As what God the Father clearly gave His message in John 3:16; For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believed on Him will not die but have everlasting life. Many of us have been always uncertain as up to when these Covid ends! The doubts and fears are to be cast outs because Jesus already conquered death and He is coming soon. For me the advent preparation is the prepartion of our innermost being, our hearts our whole life as what the Lord desire to all us about salvation .More than the myriads of Christmas preparations Advent for this year 2020 must be so transformed, the renewing of our minds, our hearts that anytime any moment in our journey to life the only thing that is sure to come is that Jesus is coming back and the message of advent season is the great king of kings and the Lord of Lord already dwells in each snd everyone of us. What we only do is to let Him come in and be with us in our mind, heart and soul and that completes the advent season! Hope -that He is coming soon Peace -that We must live in harmony Love that heals all wounds and Joy because God is coming soon His second coming! “ For this reason you be ready too, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” Matthew 24:44 Lets us make Advent a serious preparation! God bless us all.