The frightened second grader sat on the floor cleaning her desk as she’d been instructed. The children were told “No interruptions!” as their teacher sat with a reading group. They knew she meant business.
Nothing the little girl did was ever right in her teacher’s eyes, so she was determined to mind, even when her bladder told her otherwise. Later, after that tragic, embarrassing day, that little girl was transferred to another classroom, where she was welcomed with open arms and blossomed. The first teacher thought she didn’t fit the age standards and was failing her. She didn’t know she was special.
At first, Manoah did not recognize the angel of the Lord. Yet he and his wife knew that the angel’s presence meant their son Samson would grow up to be someone special.
Lord, you created us. May we never forget how specialness of each and every child. We are thankful for the craftwork of your hands that has specially wrapped each of us in your image. Thank you for these precious gifts. Amen.
Laurie Lea Dyer
Director of Children’s Ministries
Salem First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)