Congratulations to Lis! She was randomly selected to win the gorgeous canvas below!
Mrs. Anthony, never one to let a learning opportunity pass, brought her classroom to life with applications that made indelible impression. Arguably the best second grade teacher of all time, she wasn’t interested in teaching us only reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, she made sure we learned important things ~
- using good manners
- respecting authority
- living the Golden Rule by treating others the way we wished to be treated
Nearly 40 years later, the mere mention of her name floods my heart with sunny, affectionate memories….
Like when we glued and glittered, doilied and stickered Valentine shoeboxes to collect the cards we exchanged. Her directive was simple and no one even considered disobeying–
Cards for all or cards for none.
Mrs. Anthony didn’t play favorites and she didn’t allow her students to either. She couldn’t bear the thought of anyone being left out, and now as a mom, I appreciate her concern all the more. She slathered love so thick on me and my classmates, I think I’ve still got a little behind my ears. She loved from the center of who she was.
Second grade is the year Valentine’s Day became my favorite holiday. Even now it conjures warm fuzzies mostly because it’s a month of remembering to
love one another.
There are several words for love, each with its own meaning–
Eros relates to physical passion; its gratification and fulfillment.
Phileo is tantamount to friendship, the strong bond existing between people who share common interest or activity.
Storge is the love between and among family members.
Agape is unconditional love, the love God demonstrates to believers in and through Christ. “Agape” is the specific word Jesus uses in John when he says,
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Agape has nothing to do with feelings and everything to do with actions. The tradition of classmates and friends exchanging Valentines is action that expresses love for one another in a simple yet meaningful way–especially if candy is involved :)!–and DaySpring has a darling card selection: Veggie Tales for starters, but it’s worth a few clicks to see their wide selection.
The message of Romans 12:9 (pictured in the canvas above) is clear:
- Love must be sincere
- Hate what is evil
- Cling to what is good.
Continuing in verse 10, Paul presses further–
- Be devoted to one another in love
- Honor one another above yourselves
Would you be willing to share how you “love one another”? Write a post (or re-post one from your archives) and link it below by 2/15/11. And just because we wanna show you how much we love our readers, one of you will win the beautiful canvas pictured above!!
by Robin Dance, author of PENSIEVE.