It has been almost 20 years since we were students at Quabbz and despite the sad circumstances in which we meet, we are honoured to be here with you and honoured to have this opportunity to share with you.
We salute your courage.
Your courage for coming back to school.
Your courage for facing the upcoming exams.
Your courage for understanding that life must go on.
One of the hardest things in life is watching the righteous suffer. These could be innocent babies, loving mothers and even sleeping high school girls. From what we have heard over the last week our sisters and daughters in hospital and those who paid the ultimate price were righteous, they were virtuous and they have suffered. By extension, their families, their friends, their school, their community and their country have suffered with them. Many of us who have come here to be with you today have seen the righteous suffer in our lives, many of us have felt what you are all feeling today. We all feel a personal helplessness, we feel inadequate to console those in pain.
We would like to share two things that we have learnt from our faith in God.
Firstly, on how you get through this individually. We are individuals, we all hurt and mourn and feel in different ways. Throughout the bible when the righteous suffer the reaction is to cry out to God. Crying out to God is an act of desperation and total concentration. It is an expression of faith in God and trust in His goodness and power to act on your behalf. And it is something you do for yourself. So cry out to God and lay it all before Him. Do not be ashamed or afraid to cry out to God. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary, no appropriate posture. Go to the source of life and lay it all out.
During our time, the song Thank you Lord (for the trials that come my way) was our anthem. Part of this song goes “…but it goes against the way I am, to put my human nature down and let the spirit take control…’ Master the faith to put your human nature down. Let the spirit take control.
Secondly, on how we will grow collectively from this difficult time. How do we honour our sisters and daughters? How do we make sure we all live each day, week, month, year we have left to the fullest? How best can this support network of alumni and well wishers support the school and the students that come after you. We suggest to all of us the advice of Hebrews 10:24 -Stir Up Each Other to Love and Good Deeds.
Our anthem went on to say, ‘..and thank you Lord, for the patience those trials bring. In that process of growing, I can learn to care..’. Focus on helping others become loving people. Aim at stirring up others to do good deeds.
The aim of our lives is not just loving and doing good deeds, but helping to stir up others to love and to good deeds. We all need help in becoming loving people, we all need help in doing good deeds.
In the build up to the exams coming in a few months, stir each other to love and stir each other to good deeds.
In the friendships you will keep long after you leave this school, stir each other to love and stir each other to good deeds.
In a few years you will be running countries, you will be running organisations, you will be raising families, you will be leading people. Through all that, stir each other to love and stir each other to good deeds.
We stand with Moi Girls.
God bless you all,
Class of ‘98