Help the healing

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tonight was the season opener for our 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams. Our first two games resulted in losses, and the team showed lots of areas they need to practice harder on. The 8th graders stages a 4th quarter rally and won on an exciting end of the game shot. We played Lyman county, where I used to be pastor, so I enjoyed roaming the stands and catching up with folks there.

I wrapped up the last of my physical therapy sessions today. With the therapist’s help over these past couple of months, I now understand the exercises I need to do for strength and balance.  I’m not coming back as quickly as I’d like, but I am coming back. Now it will take time and a steady determined effort to help the healing.

Today, the Christmas cards I picked out to send to our staff were delivered to my office. When I first looked at the large pile I moaned at the extra work it will take to personalize each of them. But it does give me the chance to say “Thank You” in a brief but personal way, for my co-workers do so much for our students, staff and donors. Last night I got engrossed in the novel The Help which is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s. The book looks at how the employers often knew so little about the life and struggles of the women who served as their maids. Each staff member (and student) here at St. Joseph has their own story to tell. While there’s always “the desk” to attend to, I also want to be aware of the dreams and needs of each of the unique individuals God puts before me here.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

2 thoughts on “Help the healing”

  1. I seriously doubt that many employers know..or care ..anything about the people who work for them. My cousin was the private secretary for Kulie Andrews for years..Julied Andrews and her family never gave a fig. A really good employer was Harry Belafonte. A friend of mine worked for him. Really decent guy. But to most of them..their help is just a thing..All they “love” is their money..sad but true.
    Prayers ..and Hugs..
    Mia and Bob

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