‘Surely the Lord is in GMSS’
IT IS difficult to see the bulldozers and cranes congregate at what used to be the school grounds of Geylang Methodist Secondary School (GMSS) without feeling a tinge of awe and sadness.
Awe because the sight of those mammoth earth-moving machines makes you realise the reality of the new structure that is, at this moment, in the early stages of its making.
Sadness because the once hallowed chambers and corridors of learning are now either rubble, or marked starkly with “X” to indicate their eventual demolition.
Where there used to be sounds of the carefree chatter and laughter of students and teachers, the place now emanates the hum and clatter of machines and workmen.
At the Ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the upgraded premises on Oct 28, 2005, the Guest-of-Honour, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, gave a most stirring reminder of the God-given potential of the school.
“Surely the Lord is in this place (Gen 28:16),” he said, “and the new GMSS will be a stairway to heaven where the people who inhabit this sanctuary will meet Him.”
And as we prayed and dedicated the school ground to God, I was filled with the utmost gratitude and thankfulness for the many years that He had showered His grace on a school with such humble beginnings.
Later, as we pored over the massive layout plans of the new school at the site office, ripples of excitement spread among the GMSS staff. An upgraded school, spanking new classrooms and facilities and future generations of students who will traverse the grounds where God has promised to watch over. The sense of anxious anticipation was palpable.
For now, like anxious parents-to-be, we wait for the completion of our revamped school building in 2007, when we can then celebrate the birth of new life, the emergence of all things fresh and beautiful, like the coming of spring.
Sng Swee Lian is a teacher at Geylang Methodist Secondary School.