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The Long, Hard Road

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

We have completed Day Three of this new learning adventure. For some of you, it seems to be getting easier. I hope this is the case. I also saw many of you having fun with things today and that is a really good thing. Each one of you should be very proud of yourself. You have done hard things this week and it has paid off. When I was teaching in Gordon County I had this little tow-headed fellow named Tommy in my class. My maiden name is Embry and every day when he walked in my classroom he would say, Miss Embry! Miss Embry!" and would continue until I acknowledged him. Then he would look at me with serious, blue eyes and say, "Life is a long, hard road." Every day, no matter what it brought, he reminded me of that. Life does feel a little like a long, hard road right now. There is not one of us doing exactly what we had planned for this week. We have made adjustments and concessions and, as if that isn't enough, we know we aren't through making those adjustments. There are more to come. My heart aches every day for the confusion and unrest that our children must feel if I am feeling it this much. I find a great deal of comfort and hope in the fact that my fellow-travelers on this road are people who are resilient and strong and have scaled mountains in their lives. Although it feels a little lonely to be staying at home most of the time, please know that not one of you is in this alone. You may have had roads you had to travel alone before, but here you can find folks who will carry your burden a while and when you say, "It was just plain hard today" they get it. I love the verse in Deuteronomy 31 that reminds us that we can be bold and strong in hard times...that we don't have to have fear because " it is the Lord you God that goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Life is indeed a long, hard road but I know I have the best Guide. I hope He is your Guide too!

Tomorrow is the last day for this week. On the last day of the week at The Bridge, two things happen. First of all, we dance. Take some time to dance with your kids tomorrow. I would love some videos on our Facebook page of you busting some moves with your kids. And in the lower hall, there is a lot of show and tell. It would be a great writing assignment for your kids to write a few lines about something they want to show us and post a picture of your child with the item and explanation. The classes that have show and tell love it and we don't want them to miss out! I love you all! See you tomorrow on that long, hard road!

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