Thursday, June 5, 2014
All Things New
She is 16 years old and recently adopted. She had assumed she would never be adopted because everyone wants the young children, not the teenage ones. But, as God would have it, a beautiful family has welcomed this beautiful girl. Because of this new beginning, she also has the opportunity to change her name--not just taking on the last name of her family, but her entire name can change if she so chooses.
And she has so chosen.
So next year, when I see her again, I will greet her by her new name. Her new name will be listed on my class roster. I will hear her new name used by her friends in the hallway just outside my classroom. And I will smile.
Because with newness comes hope. Hope that past darkness doesn't doom us to future darkness. Hope that light and love and kindness still exist and surface at moments we need it most. Hope that new beginnings bring new possibilities.
Hope, though seemingly in short supply in much of the world, radiates from my stunning student. I cannot help but hope, too, because hope is contagious. And because I know that all things--all souls--can be redeemed and made new.
May you have a Hopeful Thursday.