Dear Hope Families,

Like most of us this week, I am weeping with you over Daunte Wright’s death. As someone who was created by God to reflect his image to the world, it is right and appropriate to mourn Daunte’s tragic death. We all should grieve his family’s loss of a son, a father, and a brother, as well as grieve with many others who have lost a friend.

Many of us have also been affected by the ensuing protests and riots, bringing up recent experiences of trauma from the past year. Living in fear is such a difficult burden to bear, and I am writing to call us to help one another carry this crushing load.

It is so helpful that the Scriptures include testimonies of God’s people suffering many of the same feelings we are wrestling with—feelings of pain and frustration, sadness and anger and despair. In Psalm 42, the writer asks himself, “Why, my soul, are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? My tears have been my food day and night. All your waves have swept over me.”

This same Psalmist ultimately urges his painful, depressed, and troubled soul to turn to God. “Put your hope in God,” he says, “for I will yet praise him.”

One of God’s promises that I am clinging to this week is from Isaiah 43. It’s a promise that God will be with us in trouble:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

These are some of the most challenging days that our community has ever experienced. Surely God will not abandon us. Let’s do whatever we can to help one another put our hope in God.

Praying for you,

Mr. Gregg
Head of School