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From the National Institute Deputy Principal

This year I have been challenged (positively) by many aspects of the Gospel, including the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew’s Gospel we are encouraged not to be like the hypocrites when we pray. The prayer begins with the beautiful words, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matt. 6:9b). The word “hallow” means to sanctify, to make holy, to set apart. So what is the challenge? The challenge has been not to simply speak these words as I recite the Lord’s Prayer in church or as I read the Bible. Rather, it has included the need to treat God as Holy across my whole life. In a world where so many messages revolve around listening to our own hearts, pleasing ourselves, and seeking instant gratification, it can easy to be self-focused, and self-reliant. Yet there is a call on our lives to bring our hopes, our priorities, and our actions across all aspects of life into a closer alignment with our Holy God. One of the joys of my heart has been working with others who bring wisdom and examples of how to honour God through their lives, through their actions, through their wrestles with how to be faithful to the Gospel through Christian schooling. Like Rod, my thanks go to all of those who have continued to support and engage with the National Institute as fellow learners throughout this past year.

Dr Chris Prior

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