Whenever I went back to work after a long break, I mentally sang "heigh ho back to the salt mines we go." When I read the lyrics on Sunday, I realized the seven dwarves work in a diamond mine. Hey, it has been decades since I saw the movie!
Driving to school on Monday, it hit me..... our students are diamonds. Mining diamonds is hard work, but it has been a privilege to watch them grow from preschool and beyond graduation. Several are on Facebook. Others I see around town and at homecoming. What a joy!
Job 28, referring to wisdom, begins and ends:
"Gold and silver are mined, then purified; the same is done with iron and copper.... God told us, "Wisdom means that you respect me, the Lord, and turn from sin." CEV