By Lily Shawhan
This week was particularly difficult for me. The mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas hit me hard, and this being the last week of school was already an emotional time as I prepared to say goodbye to my students for the summer. As a teacher, I feel blessed to work with children that come from so many differing backgrounds. I have had the privilege to work with 17 incredible 4 and 5 year-olds this school year, and they are so precious to me. I am grateful that God led me to become an educator which has shaped me into who I am today.
I am writing this devotional as a call to all of us to be mindful and aware of just how precious life is. It is true that you don’t know when your time will come to join Our Father in Heaven, and I ask for you to tell those in your life how much they mean to you and how much you love them. We need to focus on God, and we must always remember that God is completely aware of what is going on. He promises strength and guidance for all of us, His people. The first thing He will ask us is if we have accepted His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Let me share a reading from the English Standard Version, 1 Peter 1:6-7
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Please pray for the families in Uvalde, Texas and the 19 fourth graders and 2 teachers who lost their lives to this heinous act. Take time to praise God and know that He has a plan for each of us. We must continue to keep our faith strong and spread His word to others so that we may one day join Him in Heaven and have everlasting life and peace. God bless all of you.