My favorite part of today’s devotional is that in reaction to Antony’s line,
wherein he’s been defeated soundly by Octavius and also lost the love of his life Cleopatra and is asking Eros to cure him by killing him the writer of the devotional books says, “Alas. Also, alack.” It’s an endearing part of this book that brings me a smile every time I read an entry. I know I’m in for some good ole’ fashioned biting sarcasm with a hint of humor.
The verse we’re using today is 1 Peter 2:24
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”1 Peter 2:24
There’s plenty of theological ground to cover here in taking these two elements and smashing them together using the Hadron Collider, but once more I must resist the urge to wax poetic on the manners and means of faith, sacrifice, and forgiveness. I must turn my eyes and lenses to my classroom and my students. How can I take what old Billy Shakespeare and Jesus are telling me and apply it to my teaching pedagogy? I suspect some of these days will present a significant challenge, but that day is not today.
When we look at our students, we have to remember most of what they do in response to us isn’t personal. It’s not meant as an attack on us, or targeted specifically at us. It usually is something else, someone else, or multiples of those that are giving them fits – which can and does result in choices by our students to do and/or say something that’s hurtful, offensive, or not an acceptable thing. Especially with my current grade level – being in 6th grade is a continuous lesson in how to not take stuff to heart that they’re pointing their cannons at you for a reason. And so we come back to the title of today’s devotional. “Healing Wounds”. We are imperfect teachers and educators. There will be mistakes made, things said, and actions made that are not a great reflection on us. As forgiving as we are of our errors, we have to work to extend that to our students. Christ’s sacrifice is the ultimate example of love unbound and unleashed where it wasn’t deserved or expected. And yet, here we are – forgiven for our transgressions and iniquities by the death of Jesus – He who felt the weight, pain, and sorrow of the sins of the world upon him as he lay dying, pierced, and bloodied on the cross.
It’s not an easy thing to do. And I am far from being very good at it. But tomorrow is a new day. And a chance to make a difference, listen to a student or two, and to find ways to quietly heal wounds as I go.