Every year at our school we hold a special Thanksgiving occasion. I call it an occasion because sometimes it took on the form of a service in the hall, other times a short play. The last two years we had carols by candlelight on the lawn. We pack picnic baskets and bring camping chairs and blankets and sit and enjoying each other’s company, singing carols and our special prayer.
See, our school is not an ordinary school. We cater for learners with learning barriers, like not being able to read due to dyslexia and other reading problems. We have children who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We have children with rare diseases like Prometheus syndrome. However, in our beautiful country people in government didn’t see the need for another remedial school 28 odd years ago. So the principal and parents and staff took up prayer and fasting. They prayed for a beautifully built school that will honour God’s Grace and provision yearly.
We have the most beautifully built school in the country! And that is not a biased opinion! Every year we also find a cause to give something back to. Two years ago we paid for cochlear implants so that a little girl could hear, last year we gave 60 children from an orphanage boxes full of presents. This year we supported a rehabilitation centre for young drug addicts.
We have so much to be thankful for! Our wonderful school and staff who try to, in the midst of a current negative view point about teachers in our country, work hard to touch the lives of the children passing through our hands.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving.
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
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