We've lived each moment on this planet literally going in circles within circles. It's the definition of a day. It's the definition of a year. But where are we going? Are we getting anywhere?
Dear Friend of PACA,
Circles and Lines: A Reflection on Rose and the Rime
It takes 365 days for the earth to complete its orbit around the sun. It takes 24 hours for the earth to rotate completely on its axis. We've lived each moment on this planet literally going in circles within circles. It's the definition of a day. It's the definition of a year. But where are we going? Are we getting anywhere?
Many belief systems have taken nature's cycles to mean something profound about our daily existence. We run in place. History repeats itself. We are born, we live, we die. Repeat ad nauseum, and the circle never ends.
Other belief systems have shunned these cycles claiming, "Humanity will overcome history through a line of progress." Death will come, but we will get farther. The circle will be broken. Maybe, one day, we will even overcome death.
Rose and the Rime places us right between these two belief systems where we find ourselves asking the question: Is history a circle or a line? Are we bound to the cycles of nature, or can we move beyond them?
Christianity has also been placed in the crosshairs of this question.
While the Bible reveals that cycles of sin and death have prevailed throughout time, it also reveals that Jesus' entrance into the world provided a means for these cycles to end and for a way forwards to be possible through him. His death provides salvation from slavery to these cycles. His resurrection provides the hope of a step forward into a new story. For those who believe in him, a future stands beyond death where we will be resurrected like Him. Each day and year that we lived circling the sun will be given new meaning and a new orbit as we see the past transformed by the lens of the gospel.
Through Jesus, the ordinary cycles of each day now hold a way forward, and it's not determined by us. We are going somewhere through the cross. Our past, present, and future are made new through the work of Jesus.
We invite you to reflect on these questions and the gospel's answer as you enjoy our show. Thank you for coming!
We thank you being a part of our PACA family. We ask that you keep praying over the school as we nurture hearts, develop minds and educate for eternity.
Since 1960, PACA has served the local and international community of São Paulo as a Christian, American and Brazilian curriculum school. Our education integrates Biblical truth in all areas of instruction to guide the hearts and minds of our students and our academic program allows students to receive two diplomas, American and Brazilian, upon graduation which opens doors for them to study in the best universities in the USA, Brazil or throughout the world.