Mrs. Rebekah Hagstrom, M.A.
Headmaster, Liberty Classical Academy
United in Prayer
Last summer, after an intense several months pivoting to online learning in the spring and immediately turning attention to fall reopening plans, our administrative staff was mentally exhausted from the constant stress. In July, I reached out to a few other school leaders regarding COVID plans, and they were feeling the same way. We all agreed, while we were committed to reopening our schools, it was one of the greatest challenges we had ever faced. That’s when an idea hit me: we need to support one another by uniting in prayer.
Liberty had just decided that “United in Christ” would be our theme for the year, so uniting in prayer with other Christian school leaders seemed like a good idea. I decided to move forward with this, and in September, after ontacting the school leaders I had spoken to over the summer, we sent an email out to the whole group asking if people would be interested in forming a United in Prayer group where we would pray together over Zoom for 30 minutes, once a month.
While 30 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot of time, the benefits have already begun to set in. We’ve met four times, and each time we spend a few minutes at the beginning sharing how things are going at our respective schools from a COVID standpoint, we remind one another that God is ultimately in control of all things, from COVID to the election and the division across our country, etc. The group itself is a visual reminder that with God, unity is possible. The school leaders participating represent both Protestant and Catholic backgrounds, along with a Christian school leader from a Charter school.
Prayer is essential. I wrote about the importance of our 52 Day of Prayer campaign in my December Headmaster Corner letter, which is presently taking place. God moves through prayer. It’s His plan for connection and having a relationship with us. Prayer has been essential at Liberty since before its inception. The Bible says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20) And “…[my] grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
There has never been a more important time in recent history for us to be United in Christ and United in Prayer. Knowing as a Christian school leader that I am not alone and that our school is not an island unto itself is a tremendous reassurance. I have peace knowing that whatever transpires in the future, we Christian school leaders are United in Prayer!