“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
Lahainaluna High School-What a beautiful school nestled in the West Maui Mountains, founded originally as a seminary in 1831 and the only school in Hawaii where the Alma Mater is sung in Hawaiian. It is considered the oldest school west of the Rockies and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. What an incredible joy it was to teach there with the beauty of the school also reflected in the precious teachers, staff and students!
Day students and boarders come from all the Hawaiian islands as well as other Pacific islands. Boarders keep the landscape beautiful and serve in the cafeteria for free housing with meals and in return, must contribute three work hours a day.
It’s spectacular graduation is celebrated by its uniqueness in design. The official picture above from the website shares a unique, beautiful event that takes place each year. Some of the underclassmen climb Mt. Ball located higher above with torches beforehand and in the ceremony a few have climbed it again to light the “L” at night. All below and even all the town of Lahaina further down by the ocean can celebrate the new graduates’ accomplishments.
I, too, have a graduation date after taking all of life’s courses. I’ve experienced difficult and pleasant experiences through this pathway where I learned invaluable lessons. I thank the Lord that this journey has brought my heart to repent of my wrong doing and to acknowledge Christ as my Lord and Savior. When I die or if He comes first, my graduation from life to eternity will commence. I can only imagine the joy of seeing my loved ones, at last, sharing the beauties of Heaven with me where Christ will outshine us all as we behold Him close-up and personal.
God, I am looking forward to my graduation to Heaven. Your brilliance in my life is nothing compared to what it will be like to see you in all Your splendor!