When the Boot Doesn't Fit...

There was a teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on. He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling, and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. With the second boot finally on, she realized she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy brought to her attention, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."

She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool, as they worked together to get the boots back on -- this time, on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots!" She bit her tongue and instead of getting right in his face and screaming, "Why didn't you say so," like she wanted to, she once again struggled to help him pull off the ill-fitting boots. He then clarified, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them." The teacher didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

She asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"

He replied, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots."

(unknown author)

A shout out to all the teachers, especially during the pandemic, with all your grace and patience that you bring to your vocation, and to your/our kids.

Speaking of grace and patience…as the seasons change, we will transition from outside worship in The Grove, back into the Sanctuary. We will be adding in familiar elements of worship and activities as we navigate the new normal, with your well-being and health in mind. Along the way, there might be a mitten or two stuck in the bottom of a boot. Let’s approach the coming months with grace and patience, knowing that together, with God’s help, we will reimagine Mt. Olivet church.

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

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