5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Thought for the Day: Let memories teach us how to live today.
You know that moment when you realize that everything has changed. That happened this week when the Governor of our state announced that public schools would be out for the rest of the school year. With saddened hearts, we realized we had already seen our students for the last time sitting at their desks in our classrooms. Now, we will continue teaching these children through digital learning, as we have been for several weeks, but this is a new reality.
The very next day, after hearing that news, a picture showed up on Facebook. A time-lapse evidently took place as I saw a second-grade group picture from my third-year teaching. Time lapse of thirty years took me back to a time when I was just learning how to teach, and just learning how to adapt to having children in my life. Three of those students have reached out to me in special ways since that “time-lapse” making me feel very special…and very old. One, I had been Facebook friends for several years who was special to me, even way back when. She was with me for two years as I changed grades and she was placed back in my classroom. Another sweet friend heard me sing a solo as he visited our church one day, about 15 years ago. He was with a friend and asked if that lady singing was Mrs. Shaw. He was told, no, but he said he recognized my voice from me singing to the class years before. He came to the choir room and asked if I ever taught at Woodstock ES, and I was delighted to say, “Yes!” What a special moment in this teacher’s life. On Thursday, before I saw the picture on Facebook, I received a friend request from someone I didn’t recognize. After I saw the news feed about the picture, I realized he was one of my students from that class. He and I began messaging through Facebook, and I learned that he is now an assistant principal in a middle school in Texas. Oh, my, what a celebration of memories I received from a class from so long ago.
Now, back to today and the knowledge I will be continuing to teach students through Digital Learning. How will I keep it special? How will I still make a connection with these sweet boys and girls? Reading Krista’s, Shermarco’s, and John’s words over these two days makes me want to connect with my students even more. I believe God sent that picture to me through Facebook, and He sent these three students to remind me of how important these children’s lives are today. How important these babies are when they are trying to learn at home with out the physical sight of their teachers. God gave me a special gift in bringing me into the career or teaching so many years ago, now He has brought me a special gift of hearing from these three students from my past. So, today I don’t know how I will make these days special for my students. But God does, and He will lead me to how He wants me to teach. With Him in the mix, He will carry us all through.
Prayer: God, thank you! Thank you for memories of our past to bring us to the wisdom of the present. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Memories from the past