These last weeks have been overwhelming--the college shootings sent a shiver of fear through all of us, but in addition to that there have also been several events closer to home that have caused great sorrow for those involved. Time seems to just drag by, with each day bringing new unhappiness to those around me. Today was yet another example of turmoil for us--the end of April and beginning of May are always an uncomfortable time in a school environment. Rumors run rampant as to who will be fired, who will resign, and if there will be replacements hired. The rumors have been vicious this year, and everything came down to a special board meeting that was held at noon today. Regretfully, one of the teachers that I work with has been RIFfed (fancy way of saying Reduction In Force). I am deeply saddened over the situation, as she is a first year teacher who has done a wonderful job with the group of kids she was given. She is a great teacher now, and I know that she will grow into a phenomenal teacher. It is really too bad that we will be losing her.
I cannot imagine what it would be like to have news like that, and then the next day be expected to come to work and carry on as normal. It will be up to those of us that work with her to offer her support and encouragement in any way that we can.
God's spirit is with us always, no matter what happens. We may not know why the hard times happen, but it is important to know who we can trust in the midst of them. By concentrating on the love and peace of God, we are able to exchange our fear and uncertainty for faith in His greater plan.
The fundamental fact of existence is that
this trust in God, this faith,
is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.
It's our handle on what we can't see.