Wesley Prep - We're All In This Together!
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Wesley Prep Families,

Happy Sunday to each of you! We are beginning week 2 of being together but separated, and I have to say I'm missing all of you so much! I miss seeing the elementary students in chapel every morning as they sing and sign the words to our songs! I miss seeing my little friends waiting for Mr. Bruce and me to open the doors in the morning as you excitedly enter the school for another day of fun, friends and learning! I miss seeing everyone in the halls as you go from class to class and activity to activity! I miss all of you, big and little, not stopping by my office for a lollipop! And, most of all I miss the HUGS! However, we are getting to see Mr. Bruce do chapel each morning and they have been incredible, don’t you think? I visually "open" the door when I see the emails go out from your teachers about ideas and plans for things you can do each day! When I see the emails from your elementary specials teachers, I think about the fun you will be having in their classes - PE, Music and Drama, Spanish, Computer, Art, Science, Library and Guidance Lessons with Mrs. Kennedy. Preschool specials will be sending something this week for you to enjoy. I know the teachers are excited to hear from you and wish they were with you instead. The lollipop bucket is full and waiting on you to return and I'm looking forward to HUGS from everyone when we see each other again.

It is a scary time with still many, many unknowns. We are working every day to provide distance learning for you and learning new ways to communicate ourselves! Videos, Zoom meetings, FaceTime are our current choices for linking us all together, but we KNOW we would prefer to be in our classrooms and all together. Parents, I know this has been so hard on most of you as you continue with your job and then add "teacher" to an already full day. Thank you from all of us for all you are doing to make this situation the best it can be for your students. Thank you for being a partner with us as you let us know what is working and what is not and giving us grace as we make new decisions with no real playbook.

I KNOW that GOD is with me and I am NOT AFRAID. And, thanks be to GOD for the blessing of YOU. We are in this together while separated and always know that we are praying for you and your family as we welcome each new day that the LORD has made.

I'm sure we have all been doing what we can to manage and keep our spirits positive and hopeful. My daughter sent this to me this week and I'm sharing with you. It gave me such comfort and hope and I hope it does the same for you.

I am currently in the hallway…

Me: Okay, God, here's the thing. I'm scared. I'm trying not to be, but I am.

God: I know. Want to talk about it?

Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.

God: Let's talk about it anyway... We've done this before.

Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger of something by now.

God: *waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.

Me: Okay. So, I'm afraid I'll do everything I can to protect my family and it won't be enough. I'm afraid of someone I love dying. I'm afraid the world won't go back to what it was before. I'm afraid my life is always going to feel a little bit unsettled.

God: Anything else?

Me: EVERYTHING ELSE.

God: Remember how your son woke up the other night and came running down the hall to your bedroom?

Me: Yes.

God: You were still awake, so when you heard him running, you started calling out to him before he even got to you... remember? Do you remember what you called out to him?

Me: I said, "You're okay! You're okay! You're okay! I'm here.”

God: Why did you call to him? Why didn't you just wait for him to get to your room?

Me: Because I wanted him to know that I was awake, and I heard him, and he didn't have to be afraid until he reached the end of the dark hallway.

God: Exactly. I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There's an other side to all of this. I'm there already. I've seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here as you walk through it all, you're okay. I haven't gone to sleep, and I won’t.

Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?

God: There's nothing I'd love more.

I love you all. Have a great week!

With faith, hope, and love,


Linda


Wesley Prep
Email: laltick@wesleyprep.org