I am finding it hard to concentrate on my work today. The sky is a brilliant blue, and there is an incredibly gentle breeze coming through my open window. If I turn my head to the right a little, and squint with my left eye, I can hardly see the new addition they are building at BCC! There are brilliant yellow mums on the front steps, and the front doors of the school are decorated with Halloween wreaths that say, “The Witch is In”. I wonder who the “Witch” is??? Everywhere we look around this school there are smiling, laughing children. They can find joy in the smallest things! A wiggly tooth, or a piece of candy corn, a silly joke or a really high swing - any of these can make a great day even better for a child.
It might be hard, surrounded by all of this, to remember that there are unthinkable tragedies occurring in places not so far away from here, to people not so different from us. Isn’t that the beauty of God’s work, though? The minute we think the world is a complete mess, and that there is no hope for humanity, God puts a child’s hand in ours, or we walk outside to find a magnificent fall morning. Today I drove to work wondering why someone would do what was done in Las Vegas. When I got to school, I got a hug in the first few minutes I was here; I was given the opportunity to help a struggling family, and I had a great laugh with the other teachers over a silly animal video. Now, I sit here looking out at the flag flapping in the wind, and I thank God for the gift of this day. I realize that asking “why” does no good at all - unless one is a detective working a case. The world is still full of beautiful autumn days, good people, and precious children who need us to pay attention and return hugs. What can we do for those who are struggling to find the joy in life today? We can pray that they will be able to see a little of the beauty that remains all around them, and that they will find their hope again.
“Start each day with a grateful heart.”
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