I just got schooled.

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It was early when I opened the door for a group of high school students from the Media Arts School down the street.  They were coming to St. Tim’s for, what I feel is, a rather unpleasant undertaking – spending the whole morning taking the PSAT (one of those awful, standardized tests).  It wasn’t quite 8:30 a.m. when about 50 students arrived.

Because it was so early, and their reason for being here so difficult, I assumed the students’ moods would be rather glum.  At least, that’s the way I would have felt.  I decided to offer a smile and a somewhat reserved, “Good Morning,” as I held the door.  But what happened next was astonishing:  Almost every student who walked past me smiled and thanked me for holding the door!  They were alert, incredibly kind, and offered their gratitude without hesitation or prompting.  A couple of students even commented about the weather!  Seriously?!  Wow.

Upon reflection, this event revealed two facts:

  1. My assumptions about people need to go.  Why did I assume the students would be grumpy?  Just because I’m difficult to be around when I’m doing something I don’t want to do doesn’t mean anyone else will be!  Without a second to pause I made a decision about people I’d never met.
  2. Whoever out there is still down on the “next generation” needs to actually spend time with them.  I’m constantly amazed at the kindness I am given and respect I am shown by my 11-year-old’s friends.  God’s got me, you, AND the young people of this world.  Period.

Thanks be to God for the gift of these student-neighbors and all they gave me today.  Who might surprise you with some grace-filled kindness today?

See you Sunday…

God’s Peace,

Pr. Rachael

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