As my brother and I cautiously approached the man with the shovel, he talked to himself. We couldn’t hear what he was saying, but as he dug a fresh grave he reminisced with no one in particular. Soon he realized we were there, and as he continued to dig, he directed his words toward us. That day the gravedigger was making a place for my father. Working only with his hands and a shovel, he told the stories of those whose resting place he prepared. He wanted us to know that he had dug my grandmother’s grave as well. Four generations of our family buried at Oregon Memorial Church, in Holmes County, Mississippi.
The Oregon cemetery holds graves for less than fifty families. On an average Sunday, thirty-five people from less than ten families attend services. Depending on the day of the month, the services are led by either a Baptist or Methodist minister. Though I didn’t grow up in Holmes County, I did grow up attending Sunday services, Thursday evening Bible studies, and any number of special events at Oregon. When there, I was surrounded by a true cloud of witnesses. This was the church my family had attended since the beginning of the twentieth century.
My parents were the first to move away from Holmes County. My own children spent far less time in Mississippi than I did. Everything in Mississippi was something of a mystery to them as the life they lived in the city suburbs was far removed from the life lived by those in Holmes County. To my daughters, Oregon Memorial Church is a place where funerals happen. Were it not for the stories passed down, they would have no idea of this old church meaning in the faith of their family.
When families lived in the same place for generations, the faith of the family was naturally shared. There was a shared community of faith where families worshiped, learned, celebrated, and even grieved together. Old country cemeteries testify of the closeness families shared from generation to generation. Today, generations are less likely to live in close proximity to one another. Even when they do, they may not worship together, or share regular times of fellowship. In a mobile, global community, parents must be more intentional than ever about sharing family stories of faith.
Logos Prep is made up of 312 families who attend ninety-nine different Christian churches. We are of one faith, consisting of many denominations. Christian denominations vary in beliefs and practices. They have differing leadership structures and vocabulary, but they celebrate one Triune God, the Great I Am.
The Logos Prep statement of faith consists of four truths.
-There is only one true God, existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
-The Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God that has no need of other documents to complete the gospel message.
-After the fall, Man became sinful and can only be saved by God through salvation in Jesus Christ.
-Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, led a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for our sins, rose again from the dead, ascended to the right hand of God, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
These are the unwavering tenants of the Christian faith. As we enter the second to last grading period of the 2018-19 year, we will examine these truths together. You will also be encouraged to share the stories of your faith with your children. Let us work together to be sure they feel the comfort of being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
Head of School
Logos Preparatory Academy
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