After lunch on Friday, the writing activity that I had planned was a "Prayer Blog." I reminded the class what they had heard in Chapel that morning about distractions and about the importance of being still. Taking the time to be in God's presence and to receive his blessings is important. I shared my blog entry The Thread and we discussed again how we are all part of God's story. Then, I gave them opportunity to write and blog their thoughts about God. I challenged them to write a prayer expressing how they have been blessed. We talked about some ways that they could start their writing. Then I played the song Good to Me by Audrey Assad, and we all began writing.
During my writing time, I just kept writing the lyrics over and over in my journal. It is hard for me to put aside the distractions of the classroom and my mind. Listening and focusing on the words helped me slow down. Then I began to write about the many gifts that I have been blessed with.. family, friends, freedom to worship, ...
"You are good to me.... Your goodness and mercy follow me. I will trust in your promises.. you are good to me..."
After the song finished, I gave a few more minutes of quiet time and then and told the class it was time to stop. I heard groans. " No, I am not finished yet. I need more time."
Wow.. not what I was expecting. I asked a few kids to share their thoughts and was so impressed by what I heard. Then I gave them some more time to write. They went right back to it and so did I.
In my journal, I wrote about a few of the small moments that reminded me that little by little, we are making progress. It is little moments like these that make my job all worth it. After a few more minutes, I gave students the choice to quietly share with their classmates the best part of their writing or to continue writing. I was amazed by the respectful tones and attitudes of the students. Some of the entries they shared with me brought tears to my eyes. "God You are Good to Me."
I believe that our time of writing and reflecting was a direct result of the Mom's in Prayer time that morning. Our classroom was filled with the presence of God. He is our ever present help in times of trouble. Amen.