Tour de Logos

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I’ve been away from Logos Academy for two years but I am back and in a way it feels like coming home. I previously spent 8 years in this place, sharing my passion for the arts with students in our classrooms and advocated for them through fundraising in the community. l feel a profound sense of privilege to be able to do so again. There is something about walking in these doors every morning that brings with it a sense of honor to be about this mission. As people of faith we believe that God has called us to actively and practically demonstrate the love of Christ by pouring into the lives of students. Our staff continually surprise me with their above and beyond commitment. Our students continually surprise me with their creativity and promise. Our donors continually surprise me with their outstanding generosity. Mix this all together and you get a place of beauty, giftedness, diversity and yes, of challenges that encompassing all of our broader York community. It’s a vibrant place of learning where excellence in academics, character, and spiritual life thrive.

Looking to Share

Of late, we have been looking for a consistent and fun way to invite people to explore our Vibrant Learning Community. A point of entry where friends both old and new can discover what is happening at Logos and be inspired to further involvement. There are too many exciting and amazing things happening here at Logos to keep them to ourselves. Because of this I am excited to launch an event called the Tour De Logos. This event will happen the first Thursday of every month when we invite you to join us for an hour at lunch to enjoy the company of our students and get to know our community.

If you are new to Logos, COME! This will be a perfect introduction. If you are an old friend of Logos, COME! You will be encouraged. If you know someone who may be interested in our school tell them to COME! We are intent on this being an exploration event which allows all to come and enjoy the great things that happen here at Logos. There is no ask or obligation just time for sharing and joy.

It will always be first Thursday at 12:30pm at Logos Academy (250 W King Street, York PA 17401). Bring a friend and hope to see you there!

Don’t Kick the Donkey

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If there ever was a year at Logos Academy that we wanted to kick the donkey in our path, 2015 was it. Roughly half of our tax credit funding, about $750,000, appears to be lost due in large part to the Pennsylvania state budget impasse. That battle still lingers on 211 days and counting.

Like a stubborn donkey that refuses to listen, we have not been able to move this obstacle out of our path. Irritation, frustration, and anger, if allowed to simmer, might cause us to resort to metaphorically beat or kick that donkey out of our way.

The Bible tells a story about a man named Balaam who had a stubborn donkey who refused to obey him. Numbers 22 tells the story of how Balaam was summoned by the Moabites to pronounce a curse on the people of Israel. As Balaam made his way to the king of the Moabites to curse Israel, his donkey saw what Balaam could not: the angel of the Lord blocking the way. Irritated, frustrated and angry, Balaam began beating his donkey into submission but the donkey refused to budge.

After three beatings, the Lord finally opened the donkey’s mouth to reveal to Balaam that the donkey’s action proved to be for Balaam’s good. That stubborn donkey was protecting Balaam from the sword carried by the angel of the Lord. The immovable donkey was keeping Balaam from pronouncing a curse on God’s people. Balaam was being taught a powerful lesson: Don’t kick the donkey! I recently plastered that phrase to the wall of my office.

Events that look like they will harm us are ones that God loves to use for our good. The Old Testament patriarch, Joseph learned this lesson well. He was mistreated by his brothers who sold him into slavery, falsely accused of rape by his employer’s wife, thrown into prison, and forgotten by those he helped in prison. One might say that Joseph had plenty of donkeys to kick. Yet, Joseph trusted God and remained faithful. Years after his brother’s mistreatment he told them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” Joseph didn’t kick the donkey.

Jesus himself deserved nothing but a life of ease and blessing as he went around blessing, healing and helping others. Instead he faced numerous stubborn donkeys on his way: false accusations, questions about his identity, claims that he was possessed by demons, a gross miscarriage of justice in his trial, a wooden cross used to torture and kill him. Yet, Jesus endured the cross, scorned its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus didn’t kick the donkey.

We have a choice to see the donkeys in our path as obstacles keeping us from progress or as opportunities to see God work in surprising ways. That irritating sickness, difficult relationship, obstinate legislative process, increased line of credit, loss of tax credit funds can be seen in one of two ways: obstacles or opportunities for God to shine.

We don’t yet have a full vision of how the Lord is going to sort out what has been a frustrating financial hardship for Logos Academy. We do have a joyful obligation though to trust the God who puts donkeys in our path for our good. Faith reminds us that all things work together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). God is teaching us at Logos Academy and we are patiently learning: Don’t kick the donkey.

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