"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
This is a very special plant of mine. It was given to my Aunt over ten years ago. It was given to her by her coworkers because her breast cancer had returned, and it was not treatable this time. She lost her battle with breast cancer, but went to be with God in eternal fellowship with Him, on December 14th, 2000. Every year around Thanksgiving, it starts to bloom. It's bloom fades around the beginning of December. I think of this lily as a dewdrop of mercy. It reminds me of the "peace that passes all understanding".
After her death, I know I didn't feel that peace. I only felt sorrow and despair over the loss of my beloved aunt. I can't imagine what the families are feeling in that small community in Connecticut. My teacher's heart tries to put myself in their place, but I cannot fathom the composure and heartbreak of those teachers, the pained little hearts of those students, and the devastation of those parents. But God knows, feels, and comforts where humans fail.
May the peace of God that fails understanding be with all of you. My love and prayers go out to the town of Newtown, Connecticut...
Mrs. Heather Wise
Fifth Grade Teacher
Windsor Christian Academy