Grasping the Baton

by Edd Tucker • Elementary Principal

fall setting

Our Father controls all seasons…

even the seasons of our lives.

Edd Tucker

As I look out the window today, I see the promise of fall. October came in still feeling like summer, and she did not hand over the baton to the new season. However, as a believer, I know God decides when to pass the baton to a new season, a new chapter, a new opportunity, or a new beginning. Our Father controls all seasons… even the seasons of our lives.

I have been thinking for several months about the new season ahead for me and my wife, Marlene. We are getting older, but still full of energy. We are certainly in the fall season of our lives which may quickly turn into winter! The Lord has a plan before us. We are trusting Him for this next season of life.

A year from now, our lives will be quite different. Marlene and I will be officially retired in Austin, Texas. I won’t be getting up early to unlock classroom doors and pray for each student and teacher. I may not physically be walking the halls of ELCA, but my prayers will continue. It has been hard for me to hand over the baton of this season of life. I feel a great connection to the families, teachers and staff of our great school. I know and trust that Marlene and I will have many opportunities to volunteer, encourage, pray, and love those the Lord places in our path, just as He has here at ELCA.

In the months ahead, I pray that I will display every day the beautiful colors of fall in my smile, my daily commitment to Christ, my words, and my fervent prayers. I want to savor the moment, pursue peace, rejoice in God’s creation, passionately love others, especially those hurting in the world. I pray that I will learn contentment in this new season.  I pray that I will open my eyes to October and see the beauty in this world. The colors should be breathtaking!

Edd Tucker came to ELCA in 1997 to serve as Elementary Principal. Originally from Pensacola, Florida, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Tennessee Temple University. He started his teaching career in 1969 at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida. He taught in the classroom before moving into administration and becoming Elementary Co-Principal in 1975. He received an Administrators Permanent Professional Certificate from the Florida Association of Christian Schools in 1987. In 1993, he became the Elementary Principal at Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany, Georgia before coming to ELCA. Married to Marlene Tucker since 1966, they are the proud parents of Darren and Dana and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Tucker are active members of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church.