Why do I teach? Because I am in love with God’s new creation. With each generation that moves forward on the earth, hope is born. I live for the moments when my students wake up and look at me with new eyes, as the universe expands beyond their capacity to comprehend. I stand with the young at the threshold of possibilities, when they begin to realize their true purpose. They catch a brief glimpse of a Love so expansive it leaves them breathless and in awe. I teach for the moments when they see in each other a reflection of the cosmos and the Love that animates it.
I teach to awaken those who slumber, to comfort the grieving, to rejoice with those who dance, to bring hope to those who believe they live in a meaningless world. It is a continuous act of reflecting back to them, so that they see with clarity, the beauty of the gifts they were given by the Eternal One. Maybe my students will remember the unconditional love and respect, the feeling of being safe and cared for, being known and cherished for who they really are …and carry that out into the world. We are brought into existence together for the purpose of growing into the very Love that created our hearts and the stars. How powerful it is to stand with another and know that. It is a glimpse of heaven, not a place where you go, but a state of being that you awaken into…together.
“As soon as humans have woken to explicit consciousness of the evolution that carries them along, and begin as one to fix their eyes on the same thing ahead of them, are they not, by that very fact, beginning to love one another?”
– Quote from Teilhard de Chardin “Activation Energy”
To teachers past and present who have dedicated their lives to the restoration of earth and the cultivation of the human.
Thank you to Steven Schwartzman for the inspiration (https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/more-loss/).
Image: Hubble Ultra Deep Field
First published 8/25/15