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Secondary Principal Blog

Janie Niswonger

Our family was in the Atlanta airport this summer, tired from travel and walking at a normal pace when a man dashed past us frantically running to his gate. He was dodging wheelchairs, spinning around women with large, overstuffed bags, and hurdling toddlers. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you get it. The man was in a hurry. He didn't want to miss his connection. I craned my head and squinted my eyes, trying to see if he made it, but I lost sight of him. It wasn't until our first day of school that I thought of him again - the man desperate to make a connection - and I knew exactly how he felt.

Isabel Hicks and Mrs. Niswonger

Standing in the Den during the last lunch period of the day, it hit me just how many unique and awe-inspiring works of God are walking down our halls, and I want to connect with each and every one. I felt desperate, like the man in the airport, so I closed my eyes and asked God to give me the opportunity to know and love our staff, students, and families deeply.

In Romans 1, Paul expresses a longing to be with the believers in Rome. He knew what the benefit of their fellowship would be. In verses 11-12, he says, "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong -- that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." I have learned the value of authentic connections within the body of Christ. My faith grows when I take time to know others and allow myself to be known. You and I have something to offer one another and I don't want to miss out on what that is.

Will you join me in praying that we all make our divinely-appointed connections this year and that the Cornerstone family will be mutually encouraged in the faith? I believe if we walk in step with Jesus, we will get there in His time.