In my summer pursuit to understand a blessing that was shared with me for our school in the word bloom, I have learned so much. The most common definition includes several themes such as: To mature into the achievement of one’s potential; To flourish in excellence; To shine out.
However, in my pursuit of knowledge, I have learned about a lesser-known definition of the word bloom. An egg bloom is the outermost covering on an egg and is the last part of the shell put on before the hen lays the egg. In other words, it’s the protection for the egg right before it “shoots out” into the world.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Our world is full of affliction, moments of heartbreak or confusion, and even persecution for His children. But, we have the amazing power of the Holy Spirit because of Christ’s death and resurrection for us. This power, this bloom that is revealed to us when we are coated and surrounded by God’s Word, is the treasure in our jars of clay. It will prepare and protect our children throughout their struggles. This egg bloom doesn’t mean we are shielding our children from the world; it means we are preparing them for their journey into it. The world happens on our campus with disappointment, temptations, and other challenges. It happens after school. And, of course, we are all committed to preparing our children for their journey into the broader world beyond 8th grade.
What an honor it is to be called to serve in Redeemer School where I am able to see our children given countless opportunities to be fortified in truth through God’s inerrant and infallible Word.