A Word From Mr. Satterly—March 12, 2020

Dear WA Community,

This week has not been a typical week, not by a long shot. Pandemics are not a part of our regular fare. It is appropriate for us to take every precaution and to work with local, state, and national authorities, and we have done so. However, in the midst of our planning and communicating, I am also reminded of the incredible reality of our God.

As a result, it is helpful to look to wise counselors. One of those is Scotty Smith, a PCA Pastor in Nashville. He is a friend of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and of many in our community. Reflecting on scripture, he writes a daily prayer for The Gospel Coalition, which blesses many with his spiritual insight. In recent days, he also has turned his attention toward our current health crisis. Here are some excerpts:

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him… This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.’” Matt. 8:14–17 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, you are a most wonderful, merciful Savior. We’re thankful that every aspect of our lives matters to you – mind, body, and spirit. We long for the Day when we will be completely healthy and whole – a Day guaranteed by your life, death, and resurrection.

We crave the eternal-Day of cancer-less life and Asthma-free breathing, no more Achilles tears and global viruses, perfect memory, and perfect everything. Lord Jesus, hurry the Day of no more broken bones, broken relationships, broken promises, broken country, or broken hearts.

Until the Day of perfect healing, grant us a wondrous measure of your sufficient grace (2. Cor. 12:9). Heal our unbelief, Jesus. Free us to know all we really need in life is you, plus what you choose to give us.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:17 (NIV)

In Paul’s words, you promise peace at all times and in every situation. Thank you, Jesus. To know that you are with us and for us – to know you love us and are in control of all things (including the coronavirus), that is what we need more than anything else in life. We pray for the most vulnerable and the weakest as this virus runs its course. Jesus, thank you for peace before, in, and after this health ‘kerfuffle.’ So very Amen we pray, in your strong and tender name.

Schools are dynamic communities with lots of moving parts, competing agendas, and priorities. Diverse personalities sometimes conflict, but generally, everyone is after the same outcome. Therefore, it is appropriate for us to maintain our perspective and for our vigilance to be thoughtfully and prayerfully guided. As we prepare for our spring break and for what comes after, perhaps we should consider our posture as believers.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly