By Cameron Taylor
“Please remain standing for a moment of silence.”
As an elementary school teacher, the above words are spoken after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of our morning announcements. For me, this is a set time during the school day where I can stop, take a pause from the busy schedule, and pray to God. I take this time to thank God for my family, my students, and other loved ones. I ask him to continue to bring hope, peace, joy, and love to their lives as well.
As Romans 12:9-12 states, don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. These verses speak to me as I honor God and try my best every day to love all people that I come across in my life. Joy can be contagious!
I also teach first and second grade students in Sunday School at Woodland and we often discuss when and where we can pray. I frequently remind them that they can say a prayer during the moment of silence at their schools.
A moment of silence can be a powerful thing.