So many around Jesus were sure that this 12-year-old girl had already died, even saying to her father, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” However, the teacher knew better and the teacher was the one to demand that the little girl, “get up!”
How easy is it to ignore our teachers when we are considering education reform. We listen to politicians and parents that have certain demands, but the teachers and faculty are those that spend the majority of time in our schools and with our students. Empower our teachers to be the ones giving the commands.
All-knowing God, when we are sure that we have the best answers, and the best interest of our children at heart, embolden us to listen to all points of view. Encourage us to listen to all those individuals who spend time with our children and all those who have the children at the center of their concern. Amen.
Rev. Laura Phillips
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana