And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."
(Revelation 21:5 NRSV)
The most important new thing about the start of school is the beginning of a new community. Some of the kids and teachers return but there is always the formation of a new class and a new school community. The children know how important this community is--when asked children invariably say that the thing they are most looking forward to in the new year at school is to see their friends again. One of the things that those of us who go to church appreciate the most is our friends at church. In the community we experience the love of Jesus. Although schools are not communities of faith, they are communities and they are a source of love and care for our children. No wonder there is so much excitement!