A Word From Mr. Satterly—August 15, 2019

Dear WA Community,

After the confetti settled, students found their way to new classrooms, and parents shared a cup of coffee, we gathered together for Convocation. Convocation begins our academic year by turning our attention toward heaven. As members of our community gather on the first day of school, we remember the things that define Westminster Academy—the nexus of faith and learning all within a spiritual family.

This year, I reflected on Joshua 4. In these scriptures, we get a depiction of a forgetful people who found themselves erecting a stone structure. After 40 years of wandering, the Israelites were poised to enter the Promised Land with Joshua as their God-appointed leader. But, they had been here before… Decades prior, instead of trusting in God’s faithfulness and provision, God’s chosen people looked at the circumstances across the Jordan and chose a different path. Thus, the 40 years in the desert. Yet, even during that time, God remained faithful – manna, water, His presence by day and night, and even a mobile worship center. This group had a track-record of forgetting and forgetting quickly. So, God directed Joshua to erect a cairn, or a pile of rocks, to serve as a reminder of crossing the Jordan River.

Before we too quickly judge or scoff at their memory issue, we might want to look in the mirror. Like God’s people then, we too are easily distracted and thrown off-course. Like the Israelites, we need to be reminded. The question then is, “what stones are you stacking up?”

While not a rock quarry, you can find stones at Westminster Academy. They are our individual, and yet collective, stories of God’s faithfulness to us. Our faculty and our programs—academics, athletics, and the arts—are focused on building living, eternal monuments through the lives of our students. The sum of our 16,000 hours is our cairn.

In the spirit of telling such stories, consider what you see and experience at Westminster Academy. It began first as a dream in a living room in 1971. That dream became reality at a horse track in Pompano Beach, and since, it has resulted in great things. God is indeed faithful.

Let us never grow weary of telling our children about the praise-worthy deeds of the Lord.


Joel T. Satterly