Monday, I walk through the halls as I do every school morning carefully avoiding the push and shove of the 5th and 6th graders as they race to class. Seldom do they look at me, at least no longer than they need to blurt out a good morning and then hurry on their way. Most of them are still young enough to care about being tardy.
I look for blond hair and a big smile, someone in particular. One girl always stops when she sees me. As least, she always has before. She smiles and hugs me and tells me all that has been happening in her life. I know her well. She’s been my computer student two years in a row. She’s one of the few 11 year olds always patient and kind to everyone. I certainly love all my students, but this girl, I adore. I don’t see her.
Later in the day, I learn that her mother had been killed in a car accident Sunday morning. Her sweet life has been turned upside down.
Tuesday, she comes to school. I find her in the hallway. She smiles her beautiful smile, but her eyes are sad. She wraps her arms around me and whispers to me, “I love you.” I whisper back, “I love you, too. We’re all here for you.”
She squeezes me tighter and nods; then, she and her friends walk closely together away from me.
Teaching is so much more than in a classroom.
My week was normal. Her week changed her life forever. It’s a lot for me to think about.
I find such hope in the promises of God. His love, grace, and comfort provide a peace that surpasses anything else. Here are four faith-filled posts I read this week:
- 5 Ways to Keep Fear from Invading Your Life at www.satisfactionthroughchrist.com
- wonderful tips to remember as we make our way through a world full of scary things
- You Are God’s Dream at www.fromhispresence.com
- such a powerful reminder of God’s great love for us. I especially like this, “One-on-one intimacy has always been God’s idea,” along with the scriptures for example.
- 6 Things Every Parent Should Say at www.lisaappelo.com
- what a wonderful reminder of how strongly our words to our children affect them throughout their entire lives. I hope I’ve told my kids all six of these over and over.
- My Bucket List at www.littleblogonthehomestead.com
- Life is definitely for living fully. Setting goals for everything including our dreams helps ensure we keep our focus.
I pray each new post touches something inside you to spark the flame that is Christ in you. Live fully, love completely, pray thanksgiving for all He is.
Love in Him,