As home educators look forward to Christmas and beyond to a new year, some of the challenges we have experienced in 2016 encourage us to lean even more on Christ Jesus, the reason for our hope.
When reflecting on the past year, there have been events that have caused fear and hardship.
AHEA continues to work to stem the tide of such recent events.
Yet, while we focus on these concerns, it is good to remember the divine at this time when Christians the world over celebrate the birth of the Saviour.
As we consider that God came to earth as an infant, we should contemplate what is truly important in our lives: our own infants, our children of all ages, our families, our faith.
As we think of how the holy infant grew to become a man who would die on a cross, parents today realize that we are not raising children so much as raising the adults they will become.
We chose home education because we wanted to give our children the best and the fullest education: the finest academics, crucial life skills, a strong foundation in good character and faith, and a strong family.
Regardless of what the new year brings, home educators will continue to provide that to their children.
At the same time, we should remember not to hold home educating closer than God.
What we hope for from God is much smaller than what He has planned to give us. We ask for grains of sand, and He desires to bless with beaches.
Over the holidays, please send good tidings to our elected officials: MLAs, the Education Minister, the Premier.
Christmas cards of goodwill, prayers, and seasonal messages of love, hope, peace and joy are encouraged.
Those messages of peace and joy also go out to all of you from all of the volunteers of the Alberta Home Education Association: have a happy and holy Christmas.