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By: Kendra Thompson

From the time our children are barely forming words, the content of their words is almost exclusively curiosity. “Why?” a young child will ask when told no. “Why?” an engaged preschooler might ask when too simple of an explanation is given. “Why?” a teenager protests when rules placed on one household and not another don’t seem fair. A child’s curiosity can be irritating, but when we pause to see it for what it is –a reflection of their desire to know– we can appreciate their spirit of wonder. While curiosity is often found in children’s questions, it is all around us. Curiosity drives us to pursue new careers, switch faith communities, and try new exercise/meal routines. Though a spirit of wonder might be more subdued in adults, it’s still there. For example, some may ponder as they drive past Morning Star Academy, “Who are they? What makes this school so different?”

Morning Star Academy may seem a peculiar place to outsiders, but at Morning Star, we realize our peculiar ways allow faith to lead our teaching principles. This counter-cultural aim of Classical Christian Education strives to instill a lifelong pursuit of learning in its curious and humble students. At Morning Star, faculty, staff, and community are committed to engaging that curiosity and using it as an opportunity for learning and growth.

In the same way that some may wonder about Morning Star and its practices, the purpose of this “Why Do We?” series is to engage the questions of curious onlookers. Since Lent is quickly approaching, we’re going to use these two opportunities –an invitation to observe a spiritual season, and a chance to tackle questions– to weave answers into some “Why Do We?” questions.

The liturgical season of Lent can seem peculiar to onlookers (believers and non-believers alike). For those of us drawn to practice Lent, we do it in an effort to draw closer to Christ; to know His suffering, to understand His life and ministry among us. On the Wednesday that starts this season, we remember we are dust, mark ourselves with ashes, and begin our journey to the cross with our Lord. We observe this odd season by singing hymns in minor key, and omitting our “alleluias” while awaiting the Sunday forty-six days later when “death shall no longer have its sting” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Sometimes we can get lost in the ritual, forgetting why we practice certain disciplines of our faith, so it’s important to remind ourselves from time to time of the true reason for our spiritual practices.

Over the next few weeks, we will explore questions with regard to Morning Star’s Classical Christian Education model and its core values of truth, beauty, and goodness. We will also touch on other practical disciplines as they relate to our faith in everyday life. We encourage you to engage in conversations that come up. As with the observance of Lent, we invite you to dust off your childlike curiosity and bring it to forefront of life.

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