It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

Life in the Mess

Life is messy. A great metaphor is my desk, piled with papers to be graded or handed back to students. The chaos can be overwhelming at a glance, but looking a little closer at each individual essay and quiz, with names written at the top, I see relationships represented, stories told and hopes found within the 8 ½” X 11” boundaries. A closer look—with a moment’s pause to pray—often leads to the discovery of meaning, the discovery that God’s presence in the mess makes it beautiful. Although I don’t drink coffee, when I walk into my 1st period classroom and see Sara sitting on Nathan’s lap while he wraps his arms around her waist and then have to duck to avoid the pencil Mike is throwing a

Finding Her Voice

Becca, one of my students, loves to draw. She brings her sketchbook to class every day, and whenever she has a moment, she hunches over it with a colored pencil and lets her imagination go to work. Getting her to share her drawings isn’t easy. I think it’s because so much of her heart is wrapped up in whatever it is she creates. Who can blame her? There is incredible vulnerability there; taking a look at whatever she draws is taking a look at her heart. It is much more comfortable and safe for all of us to keep those sketchbooks closed, but one day, she opened it up to let me see a picture of a girl, eyes filled with tears, hiding behind her smiling mask. Becca’s picture captures so mu

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