I just finished reading Jeannette Wall's latest book, Half Broke Horses, and it was an excellent read. It is called a true-life novel. She writes it about her grandmother...in her grandmother's voice. It is sort of a prequel to her autobiography, The Glass Castle...also an excellent read. You should read them.
Anyway, the quote that grabbed me is this:
"Teaching is a calling, too. And I've always
thought that teachers in their way are holy -
angels leading their flocks out of the darkness."
It seems like each year that I have taught there have been more and more kids that come with a good bit of darkness in their lives. Sometimes they are happy and grateful to be led out and other times they are to scared to see the light on the other side of their darkness. But, for those of us who are called to teach, our flocks must be led, with a light touch or a firm hand, into the light. Sometimes there are painful tears and sometimes unspeakable joy. What a job!