A Thankful Heart

An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart

Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

In my first year as a Christian school teacher I taught a combined sixth and seventh grade of 27 students. The school was held in the Sunday school rooms of a church. Each day at lunch we all walked 2 blocks to a community playground. It was a great year, one that I wouldn’t trade.

The prayers of the students, parents and faculty were dynamic, full of trust. Frequently prayers included the school’s verse, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee” (Jeremiah 32:17). That text has been underlined in my heart numerous times over the years through God’s good hand upon the school, and upon Peg and me and our children – Janet, Winnie, Ellen, Roy, and Beth. Nothing is too hard for God.

Miss Margaret Thomas, a retired public school teacher, was the principal. She was a godly woman and a good teacher. Time and again during daily faculty devotions she would tell the four women and me, “Now, let’s just thank the Lord for that.” It was her studied effort to always thank the Lord when we saw His answer to something for which we had prayed. There were many prayers and many answers, so we were constantly thanking God. I thank God for her and for another veteran with a thankful heart, Miss Mary Schneider.

The Word says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4, 5). “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

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