Appreciation! February 2022

Philippians1:3 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”

As a school teacher, I enjoyed the month of February for several reasons! Days were longer, and the trees began to blossom, reminding us that “Winter is almost over”. Valentine Day activities were always special and I tried to make EACH child feel loved. After these last two years of fear and isolation in our society today, I believe it is needed more than ever to “show” God’s love to others around us. Here is a story to inspire you.

Helen Mrosla was a Nun whose one assignment changed the lives of her students. In the midst of an angry class-discussion, she told each child to list the names of every student on a piece of paper…and write ONE thing they liked about EACH name. Later, she gave each student a paper with their OWN name on it.  She had listed ALL the nice things other students said about them. They each exclaimed, “I never knew anyone felt that way.”

Years later, Helen attended the Funeral for one student who had been killed in Viet Nam. After Classmates gathered at his family home, Mark’s Dad said to the teacher, “I’d like to show you something I found in my son’s wallet.”  Opening it, he carefully removed a sheet of yellow, ragged paper that listed all the good things Mark’s Classmates had said about him. Other students smiled sheepishly and produced their own copies from their wallets and purses.

What made a boy carry a fifteen-year-old-paper everywhere…even to death in a rice-field halfway around the world?  The answer is simply… “Appreciation.”

May we show God’s Love to others today through our own words of kindness.

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving

each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and

 build one another up, just as you also are doing.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth,

but if there is any good word for edification according to the

 need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear.