Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dealing with Lose In The Classroom

A student from my former school lost her father unexpectedly from a heart attack early this week, she is in the 1st grade.  Her teacher and I have talked a couple times since she heard the news. What do you say?  What can you say to a 7-year-old?  Their world has been completely broken in pieces.  The things that seemed so rock solid have fallen apart.  On a good day life can be overwhelming for a teacher, but on a bad day with bad news how do you deal with a sinful world like that?  Questions that threaten to swallow hope and peace in an instant.

The answer so far?  Be the love and stability that child knows you to be through Jesus Christ.  Believe that Jesus put you in this moment, not to be more than you are, but to be exactly who He made you to be.  Don’t worry about saying the right things, just concentrate on being the love, the hug, the smile, the teacher, the good shepherd/shepherdess. 

Mrs. White said, “He(God) will be present to help those whose hearts are susceptible to pity, though their hands may be rough and unskilled.  He will work through those who can see mercy in misery, and gain in loss.  When the Light of the world passes by, privilege will be discerned in hardship, order in confusion, success in apparent failure.” Education 270
“As the teacher beholds the magnitude of their work, its difficulties and possibilities, often will their heart cry out, “Who is sufficient for these things?”   
“Dear teacher, as you consider your need of strength and guidance, --need that no human source can supply, --I bid you consider the promises of Him who is the wonderful Counselor.  “Behold,” He says, “I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.”
Call on Me, and I will answer thee” “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” “Even unto the end of the world.” “I am with you.” Education 281-282

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah, He is sufficient! Hallelujah, we have a Savior! Hallelujah, the weight of the world is not ours!

As I was writing this down a song came to mind from Matt Maher called “You Were On The Cross”.  The lyrics capture the questions we have about where God is when we are hurt.

Your Were On The Cross
Lost, everything is lost and everything I’ve loved before is gone.
Alone, like the coming of the frost and a cold winter’s chill in my stony heart.
Where were You when all that I’ve hoped for,
Where were You when all that I’ve dreamed,
Came crashing down in shambles around me?

You where on the cross…

Pain, could You take away the pain?
If I find someone to blame, would it make my life seem easier?
Alone, all my friends are asleep and I can’t find anyone to stay awake with me.
And where were You when sin stole my innocence?
Where where You when I was ashamed, hiding in a life I wish I’d never made.

You where on the cross…
My God, My God
All along, all along
You were on the cross…
You died for us
All along, all along
You were on the cross, victorious!
All along, all along
You were there in all my suffering.
You were there in doubt and fear.

I’m waiting on the dawn to appear…

Join us this week to discuss how to deal with lose and grief in the classroom.  Use the hashtag #teachSDA and share your thoughts and resources.

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