"Wonder" How like an angel came I down!How bright are all things here!When first among his works I did appearO how their glory me did crown!The world resembled his eternity,In which my soul did walk;And ev’ry thing that I did seeDid with me talk.
How like an angel came I down!How bright are all things here!When first among his works I did appearO how their glory me did crown!The world resembled his eternity,In which my soul did walk;And ev’ry thing that I did seeDid with me talk.
I have always appreciated God’s provision on my journey as a teacher. He provides the living books, the enlightening philosophy, the timely feedback needed to grow—everything. But, as I have realized many times over the years, God’s provision also—I would say, especially—includes the difficult parts: for example, those moments when a student’s cup of anxiety overflows. One year, God sent me a dear little third grader who was terrified of all flying insects. He also sent me wasps.
We appreciate it in the end, but in the midst we would be glad to have somebody else do the growing! Whether it is the ebb and flow of pains in a child’s limbs, the summiting of a 14er mountain, or an infant’s birth, the journey of growth reminds us that this won’t last forever and good will come out of this.
In the fifteenth chapter of his Gospel, Luke records one of the best known of Jesus’s parables, and there is perhaps no teaching more deserving of the attention of parents and teachers.
Jehovah Jireh, My Provider, how the provision of the Lord abounds! The cascading purple petunias, the mass of white wood asters, the crystal blue sky...beauty to inspire. A soaking rain, an overcast sky, a sabbath day...refreshment for the earth and soul. Chili in the crock-pot, a freezer full of food, and a stocked pantry...sustenance for the body.
Could I ask for anything more?
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