Good Friday is the day that followers of Jesus remember his death on the cross. The day he died was a dark day for the disciples. Even though Jesus had told them it would happen, they must have felt like everything was over. Their dear teacher and friend was gone--and the way he died was the most excruciating and awful kind of death--Roman crucifixion. Were their hopes of being saved by the Messiah in vain? They all scattered and hid. Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus and told the soldiers who to arrest, was overcome with grief for his actions and ended his life. Peter, one of the disciples, denied that he even knew Jesus. This was not a good day.
But after the Sabbath was over and the women went to the tomb where he was laid in order to add their spices and ointments to Jesus' body, there was an earthquake, the stone in front of the tomb was rolled away, and an angel told them Jesus was not there--he had risen, just as he said. And sure enough, he appeared to Mary, and then the rest of the disciples and many others afterwards - fully alive! His death was not the end--only the beginning.
Jesus, the perfect Son of God, had paid the price for our sins. He was "pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but God's gift to us that day was eternal life through Jesus. That's what made Good Friday good. God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus) that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). His punishment brought us peace (Isaiah 53). By his wounds we are healed. This is the good news we need to tell the world about!
Here are a couple of things to note for this month:
Our SHINE event stands for Skills, Hard work, Integrity, Nobility, and Excellence. All the students seemed to understand three of the word, but were a bit stumped when it came to integrity and nobility. How does one grow in these during a Skills Showcase? What do the words even mean?
According to a simplified student dictionary, integrity means:
1 : the condition of being free from damage or defect
2 : total honesty and sincerity
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided
Another aspect that Merriam-Webster highlighted was: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.
Nobility means the quality or state of being noble <nobility of character>. What does it mean to be noble? The simple definition given in the Merriam-Webster dictionary online is: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)
Thinking about the event, here are some of my ideas of how to practice integrity and nobility. Whenever there is competition, there is opportunity to grow in and display character. If not everyone in the class is as skilled as you, you can be gracious and not complain. You can always speak well of each person in your class--showing loyalty to them and treating them as you would want to be treated. If you are not yet at the level of others in your class, or you don't win a medal, you can focus on doing your best and on being happy for those who win. Putting your whole heart into everything you do, and being yourself (not pretending or wishing to be anyone else but who God made you to be), are part of living with integrity in your art form and your life. And when you make a mistake or something goes wrong, courageously persevering to the very end and not giving up--this is nobility.
Attitudes are just as important as your skill or level of performance. Perhaps even more so. Nobility and Integrity may be more difficult to assign a grade or a medal to, but developing these qualities will certainly reward you in life. And that's why they're part of SHINE!
Masterworks students showcased their skills today with excellence and enthusiasm. I'm sure there were many hearts glowing with pride as parents, family, and friends watched their dancers shine.
The event was well-attended. MC's Kim Hildebrand and Teri-Lynn Friesen kept everything going smoothly while adding entertainment value and meaning. Adjudicators, Dammecia Hall and Nina Huynh were outstanding in their ability to communicate and motivate (3rd judge was, unfortunately, sick). Parents and students alike learned more about the art of dance.
Each class was recognized for effort, technique, entertainment, musicality, and teamwork with ribbons. From each category, an overall winner was chosen and awarded a medal.
- Jazz/Modern 7-8
- Rhythmic Gymnastics 9-12
- Hip Hop 9-12, Level 1
- Level 6/7 Ballet
Congratulations to each of the winners and to each dancer. Your performances were inspiring and fun to watch! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us today.