A few weeks ago she had to break the news to her headmaster that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is (because she goes for an annual mammogram) her doctor caught it early. Christy was reassured that a little bit of surgery and some follow-up radiation would do the trick. And so, on October 2, she had a “little bit” of surgery. She has spent the last three weeks recovering and getting ready for radiation treatments, scheduled to begin today.
When she got to school this morning she found that everyone at St. Michael’s was wearing pink as a sign of support, and during chapel everyone was invited to join in a prayer for Ms. Somerville. A few of the children put their hands on her shoulders, and then everybody tried to get in on the action, leaning forward, reaching out toward a beloved teacher.
Christy told me her hands were busy wiping away tears.
At church lately I’ve been asking people what life in the Kingdom looks like, and wondering if it is that place where we bear one another’s burdens, and wash one another’s feet, and forgive one another’s sins. When I saw this picture my own question was answered. What does life in the Kingdom look like?
It looks like this, like that place where children wear pink and say prayers for their teacher.
May that Kingdom come everywhere, and not only at St. Michael’s School.