June 17, 2013

Grade 8 Graduation

This week, my oldest grandchild, Lena, graduates from grade 8 at RCS. It is a big day for Lena, her parents, and all of her family. The end of elementary school, and the beginning of high school is an important milestone in life. What a privilege it is that she could spend all of those years at a Christian school. Lena, I love you, and I am proud of your accomplishment.

In September, I will have 9 grandchildren attending the same Christian school where I used to be the Principal. I have officiated at many graduations, also of my own children, but never of my grandchildren. I would have liked to, but it was not meant to be.

It is getting more difficult for me to type these posts because my neck muscles are getting weaker. Thank you to my faithful blog readers for almost two years of blogging. God's blessings to you and be a blessing to others. 


  1. A small encouragement form someone who's following your blog (from Holland). Our dear Saviour will never, never leave thee, nor forsake thee! Hij zal hun het goede niet in nood, onthouden, zelfs niet in de dood Ps. 84:6 De HEERE zij u met allen die u liefhebben zeer nabij.

  2. The Lord will never, never leave thee nor forsake thee. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever!

  3. Be encouraged, dear brother, with God's covenant faithfulness displayed in your children and children's children. You are blessed to see the preservation of the heritage of the doctrines of sovereign grace embraced by your family.Thank you so much for your efforts in sharing your joys and challenges on your blog.

  4. Dear brother Jack,
    It is indeed sad that these precious days can't be attented anymore due to illness. Yet the greatest and best day is soon to happen for you and me.I too have these days ahead that I would like to attend. We pray for you daily and that God will give peaceful hearts.
    God bless you richly on the road the the Celestial City
    Until we meet again brother Jack
    John Van Woerden

    I want to share a devotion from Alistair Begg

    Why Are We Here?

    We live to the Lord.
    Romans 14:8

    If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should linger here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven and to be found fit to partake in the inheritance of the saints in light, even though he has only just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected until we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, if the Lord had wanted to, He could have changed us from imperfection to perfection and have taken us to heaven at once.
    Why then are we here? Would God keep His children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battlefield when one charge might give them the victory? Why are His children still wandering here and there through a maze when a single word from His lips would bring them into the center of their hopes in heaven?
    The answer is--they are here that they may "live to the Lord" and may bring others to know His love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed, as plowmen to break up the fallow ground, as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as "the salt of the earth,"1 to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as workers together with Him. Let us see that our life fulfills this purpose. Let us live zealous, useful, holy lives, to "the praise of his glorious grace."
    Meanwhile we long to be with Him and daily sing-- My heart is with Him on His throne,
    And ill can brook delay;
    Each moment listening for the voice,
    "Rise up, and come away."

  5. Wendy BrocklebankJune 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Jack, may the Lord Jesus bless you, Lena and your family. My prayers are with you each day, Love Wendy