Early morning, when stillness and quiet abound, I’m drawn to a sacred space for prayer. Reflecting daily upon Scripture helps me maintain an awareness of God’s presence as I interact with others throughout the day. I am a special education teacher, and I work with teens who struggle with social anxiety, school avoidance, depression. Each day is unpredictable, so in the morning when I awake, I ask that I be receptive to the graces of the moment. Thursday’s Gospel reading spoke so deeply, the words seem to speak imagine a world…
Jesus said, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and the gifts will be given to you; good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. Luke 6:38
I imagine a world where all children feel secure and safe from violence in their families, their neighborhoods, their schools. A world where they can grow up with confidence learning values that nurture life and hope for a future. I imagine a world where children experience forgiveness, and encouragement when they fail. I ask for the grace not to judge this day, or any day, that I can forgive, and be present to my students and colleagues.