Wow. Yesterday was filled with drama and tears and courage and prayer. The events of the day prevented me from writing about “The Experiment” I mentioned on Wednesday. Now it is Friday and I have to write about the things that weigh on my heart before they are gone and I have forgotten the way I feel.
Forgive me for not going into all the details, but I feel the need to protect some aspects of the situation. I will say this much: in the past few days my sweet daughter has been the subject of religious discrimination at our Middle School. This discrimination was the work of adults in positions of authority.
My daughter, despite all that has gone on, has maintained her integrity. I am amazed by her beauty and grace. When faced with a situation where she could have easily cast aside a sacred and cherished belief in order to remain with all of her friends doing something she loves, she chose God first, even though it was at great cost.
A sweet friend brought Hannie a quote yesterday that said, “Just wait until you see what is possible when you shine your little light on the world.” This friend knew the situation my girl was in and supported her in her time of sorrow. This quote moved my daughter to tears. She hadn’t thought about it that way – that standing up for what she believes is a way of shining her light on the world.
Friends lined up to defend her, offering to protest or leave like Hannie had. Parents emailed me offering to write letters to the school. Grandparents prayed, brothers comforted, and friends of mine researched and offered advice.
In the end, a call came to our home from the principal of the school at 8:50 last night. He was responding to an email I’d sent him about the situation. He was completely unaware of what had transpired and immediately set forth to make it right. His call to me was to confirm that our daughter is valued and respected for her beliefs.
I hung up the phone and shared a teary hug with my daughter. God is mindful of us. He gives us light and truth and love. We must share that light with the world to make it a better place.
Just like this picture from Hawaii, when we share even the tiniest portion of our light, darkness flees and all that is around us is illuminated.
Yesterday we felt like we were in a dark place. Hannie’s light, however, helped us to know we were doing the right thing. As the day went on, darkness left us and we felt illuminated by God’s love and the support of our friends and family.
I am so grateful for this hard experience. It has taught me much. My daughter has learned, too and I believe her faith and trust in God’s will has expanded. That is a blessing beyond my imagining. From trials come blessings.
Today is a new day and there is much to see and do. The light is everywhere and I feel happy.