Reflections by Dr. Teston
A Fellowship Christian School Blog
Dear Fellowship Family,
Last Friday, a longtime Fellowship parent and devoted volunteer dropped by my office to deliver an unexpected gift. She presented me with a beautiful print of Psalm 91. Today, that print proudly and prominently hangs above my desk. This gift serves as a great source of encouragement to me, especially as I reflect on the fact that many in our faithful, Fellowship family have been and continue to pray this Psalm over our community, country, and the world at-large.
In Psalm 91, the psalmist begins with this: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Dwell. There is our word for the year. The etymology of dwell in Psalm 91 is from the Hebrew word “yashab,” which means to sit, to remain or abide, to dwell in or inhabit.
Similar to our verse for the year, in Philippians 4:8, we are also told to dwell. Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable--if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy--dwell on these things. In Paul’s use of the Greek word “logizomai,” dwell means to consider, take into account, weigh, or meditate on.
In one instance, we are told to sit, remain, and abide. In the second, we are told to consider and meditate. In both instances, there is active faith and intentional practice that is required. As we seek Him, taking refuge in the shelter of our Almighty God and resting in Him, we also focus our hearts and minds on those attributes that reflect His character. He is asking that even in, or perhaps especially in, times of trial, we rest and rejoice. What a good, good Father He is.
May we all dwell, sitting in His shelter and meditating on His goodness. I ask that you all join me in praying for our community and for all that God will do at Fellowship in the year to come.
Dr. Kathryn M. Teston
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Dr. Kathryn M. Teston