The moon had taken the night off and the city was experiencing a power outage due to a recent storm. For the residents of Wayville, OK, this was a normal part of life during the volatile tornado season. Luckily, there had not been a tornado today, but the storm had raged enough to damage some of the transformers in town. The blackout allowed Ezra to peer into the past through the stars in the sky. As he looked toward Cygnus, the Swan, he began to remember the nights that he spent awake as a child thinking of the immensity of the universe. While other children dozed off to experience myriad dreams, he laid awake wondering how the universe could be so large and limitless, how it continued to expand, but was beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Ezra recalled being filled with a sense of awe and wonder, while simultaneously fighting back a fear that began in his bones and seemed to grow exponentially through his body. As a child, he would wonder where he fit in the vast cosmos and tonight was no different. Lost in thought and beginning to feel those same feelings from childhood, Ezra was startled by a hand on his shoulder.
You may not agree with the stance NFL players have taken, but you should back their right to speak their minds peacefully and constructively. As an avid football fan, educator, and Christian, I believe that NFL players should be celebrated for their stance. Jordin Sparks may have said it best, silently, when she sang the National Anthem last night. She had written Proverbs 31: 8-9 on her hand. These verses read, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” NFL players are using their platform to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, which should be admired and celebrated.
Today the US Department of Education tweeted about Nancy Devos’ trip to Wyoming to celebrate the “Rethink School Initiative.” Devos visited the school on the Wind River Reservation today. The Department of Education’s tweet included a picture quoting a Native American Proverb that said, “You already possess everything necessary to become great.”
Today, we enjoy many conveniences that have been made possible by our technology. We can talk to a friend a world away, in real-time, with clear video to make eye contact as we talk. We can pay our bills and order the next week’s groceries and supplies without leaving the comfort of our couch. We have come to accept these things as reality and enjoy the streamlining of our lives. But, what would happen if the internet suddenly went down and could not be restored quickly?
To the outside world, I am a successful, intelligent person with a wealth of possibilities in front of me. However, fear and doubt seem to permeate my every thought throughout the day and I wonder if I will ever find success. I recently completed a Ph.D. in education and have multiple peer-reviewed journal articles to date.