I've always enjoyed teaching and really see it as a form of spiritual motherhood. The opportunity to be surrounded by children and help them learn is a special gift. When teaching religious education, I feel even more like a mother, as several of the children receive little to no catechises at home. Some of my students didn't know the Our Father (!) so I'm trying to help them to memorize that essential prayer. In two weeks we will begin preparation for First Holy Communion. yea!
My fridge is not yet filled with finger paintings from my own kids, but every time one of my precious little students draws a picture for me, it ends up on my fridge. This one really touched my heart:
While God has not given me any children of my own yet, He has abundantly blessed me with many spiritual children. Teaching has really helped me bear the cross of infertility and give myself to others. An added bonus: when my children go through sacramental preparation someday, I'll know what to expect. :)
Many thanks for your prayers.
P.S. My range is finally fixed and sitting in the correct spot!