Give thanks to Him who led His people through the wilderness. His faithful love endures forever. – (Psalm 136:16, NLT)
He led His people through the desert. His faithful love will last forever. – (Psalm 136:16, ERV)
Being a teacher towards the end of the school year can be tough. Middle school seems to be particularly brutal once all of the state testing has concluded. Students have endured all that they feel they are capable of learning, and many begin to check out. The final six-week stretch has felt especially long this year, as certain classes had clusters of kids together that fed off of one another, making the task of teaching all the more a challenge. That being said, God sustained me with His strength and grace, and surrounded me with stellar colleagues who were in the very same fight. Daily, we were able to encourage and support each other, and today, we have reached the end. There have been students that have stayed strong throughout the duration of the year, and have brought light and laughter to our days. Even the difficult students, when on their own, have provided glimpses of good that can be recognized today as we gather for our final few hours to celebrate and send them off to high school. May we ever give God thanks for His faithfulness in the wilderness, and His love that lasts forever.
In the wilderness,
God’s faithful to be;
Present and loving,
He stays close to me.
Through the hardest times,
Strength and love He gives;
Endurance to fight,
Proof that our God lives.
Ever He’s faithful,
He loves for all time;
No matter what comes,
Hope in Him is mine.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You lead us through the dry and difficult seasons. Thank You that even in the desert, You make Your love, faithfulness and presence known. Thank You for the people that You place in our lives to walk beside us. Forgive us for losing faith in the fight when we become overwhelmed with what we see in front of us. Thank You that Your faithfulness is not dependent on our faith. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would not lose heart, but rather press forward in faith; always. Show us how to love those around us in a way that encourages and strengthens in their spaces of wilderness and lack. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we receive Your faithful love and go forth and give as we have been given. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Father, I thank You that You have heard me. – John 11:41
I remember with fear and trepidation those last few weeks of school. WE always turned in our grade books and final grades about three or four days before the kids’ last days. We didn’t have rigorous testing in those days. We lied to our kids and said we were giving them their final exams for the year during that last three or four days of class. We always told them their final exam counted 30 or 40% of their grade for the year. We wanted to avoid the panic and mayhem of the final days of class. The kids believed us, so it worked. :>)