Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)
On Tuesday, the Elementary Studio celebrated Emmry and Sloane for mastering the content necessary to earn their badges and move up to the next level. Rather than time spent in seats as the guide for learners advancing, when heroes at Journey are ready, they take the step to the next level. And we love to party when they do.
To mark their demonstrations of mastery, Miss Cheryl convened an honor circle for both heroes. We see Jesus prioritizing “honoring one another” and we practice honor throughout the year. At Journey, honor includes recognizing the things we are thankful for in the hero, gifts we see in the hero and what we like about the hero. On this day, the heroes gave thanks for Emmry’s gifts and grace in the studio. They recognized her hard work and her ability to be comfortable as a leader not only in the studio but in the school. Personally, I find myself relying on Emmry for her insights, young wisdom and great memory for the values of our school.
As the conversation turned to Sloane, heroes valued her ability to focus, her quiet and quirky sense of humor, her passion for reading and her humble care and listening to others came out during the time of honor. Toward the end of our time of focusing on Sloane, in the way only a sister could know, Clara spoke up. “Sloane. I think of that Bible verse we learned earlier in the year. ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ That’s you Sloane.”
The Bible describes this as a prophetic word. Clara was strengthening and encouraging Sloane. She applied a Kingdom practice, unprompted, to build up her sister. Through meditating on Scripture, she was able to bring the Scripture into the exact moment it was called for.
May we all speak words to strengthen, comfort and encourage like Clara.
p.s. As heroes are practicing prayer in the Restorative Room, we have set up a prayer email address. If you have prayer requests that you would like to submit, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will edit for length, content and readability while the heroes will intercede on your behalf for your requests.
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