December is the darkest month of the year with the sun setting as early as 4:30pm. Our world too, often faces metaphorical “Decembers” when tragedies strike; tragedies that create an unimaginable darkness that can consume hearts, minds, and lives.
Recently, I received a letter from St. Edmund’s Academy in Pittsburgh. St. Edmund’s is close to the area in Squirrel Hill where a shooter killed 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The letter said that the Head of School was deeply touched when he walked into a local coffee house and discovered that FWM alumni and FWM parents were paying for the coffee for the local community. The Head decided to share this story at an all-school assembly with the faculty, staff, and students.
The letter I received states, “It is unfortunate that such horrific events should be the thing that binds two communities together. Your example of strength, and the kindness you have shown, provides hope for us all.” In addition to the letter from the school, twelve 2nd graders also wrote letters and drew pictures of thanks for the FWM community.
Each of us has the potential to bring light where there is darkness; acts of kindness and love can change the trajectory of people’s lives. As a school, FWM is intentional in helping children understand the power of compassion in dispelling the dark and bringing hope to a fractured world. In this month of darkness, I hope you and your family find moments to celebrate the light that is around and within us.