I'm so happy to see my students on Facebook who are excited about the new school year! Some are getting their first classrooms and others are at it again and are becoming veterans (this makes me feel old). I remember these days, that anticipation for the new school! Sometimes a slight dread of what is to come. So here is one of the thoughts I often shared in class. One that I had in my classroom and it is still in my office. Never forget that you all are doing magnificent work!
Thank you Lord
Dr. Edward Joyner
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm clock rings each morning, Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are those who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed against the morning light as long as possible, Thank you, Lord, that I can see, there are those who are blind.
Even thought I huddle in my bed and put off the physical effort of rising, Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are those who are bedfast.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, Thank you, Lord for my family.
And even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in the magazine and the menu is at times unbalanced, Thank you, Lord for the food we have. There are so many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job is challenging, Thank you, Lord for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan by faith from day to day, and wish my circumstances were not so modest, Thank you, Lord for the gift of life.
And even though I work in a profession that does not get the support from society that it richly deserves, I don’t make the salary of a professional athlete, I don’t enjoy the prestige of a doctor or lawyer, and I don’t receive the hero-worship of an entertainer, Thank you, Lord for giving me the opportunity to finish your magnificent work by being a positive force in the lives of children made in your image.
Thank you, Lord, for giving me a touch of the divine.