Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lifting Holy Hands (Diane King)

For years, our WCS Moms In Prayer group has come to my room and prayed for the hands of our students on the wall. Each student traces their hand and tells me something about themselves by their decoration. I have included a picture of this years' group as well as some hands from past students. I asked Diane King, our school librarian who heads the Mothers' fellowship, to give me some insight to her thoughts on their vigil two weeks ago.

The Moms in Prayer group has been honored to pray over the hand drawings on your classroom walls for years.  The moms refer to your classroom as a museum because of the hand print drawings and the scenes of Jesus painted on the opposing walls.  Even during the early years of this project, there was a hushed quiet as we prayed over each student--hand to hand until each of us prayed over every student.  In those days each drawing was a reflection of the person it represented and as such was decorated with sports teams, quotes and meaningful verses.  A few key verses were repeated on more than one person's drawing.  We prayed for each student by name.
Over time the student's work has changed.  This year there are more drawings displaying complicated and colorful art work and a wider variety of scriptures.  Some of the quotes and scriptures stand out because of their deep thoughts.  I've also changed how I pray for the students.  This year I prayed for the deep thinkers as much for the depth of their souls as for the specific messages on their papers. Other papers had Christian messages that were up front, perhaps reflective of an outgoing student, while others had decidedly Christian messages in the background. An introvert?  I'm glad we have room for both.  Perhaps the students are putting more time and thought into the project. 
Still there are always some drawings that are simple, no more than a handprint, birthday and name.  These students fulfilled the requirement but didn't put much time into it or use much creativity.  Maybe they were busy since our society has accepted super busy as normal.  I spent more time over these papers this year than I used to.  I pray these students learn to express their true selves and that their true selves are positively influences by their experiences in this classroom as well as the school.  I pray that even if their paper is simple, their hearts are full. 

God bless,
Luke 18:1

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David Barnett said...

Very cool and a great idea! Thank you for sharing. Diane rocks! :)

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