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God Cannot Be Contained

Reflection by Regina Bettag, 3rd Year Volunteer Teacher at De La Salle Blackfeet

In these early days of autumn there are so many wonderful things to celebrate: the cooling weather and crisp breeze, the start of football season, the rosy colors on display as the sun is caught still dawdling late into the evening. As a teacher though, of course I associate fall with the dawn of a new school year and all of the possibilities that come with it!

It’s no secret that this school year is an unprecedented one. With coronavirus ushering in an era of remote learning, there were (and still are) plenty of question marks and unknowns with this newfound style of school. However, these first few weeks of classes have taught me something valuable.

1 Kings 8:27 reads, “ But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” God just can’t be contained! He is so far reaching and all embracing that His loving presence simply bursts forth and cannot be confined.

Similarly, that is what I have found with online learning. The energy, love, hope and joy that is found at De La Salle Blackfeet school is not limited to the walls of the school building. Though we are not in the same physical space, the giggles that emit from morning homeroom time and the hands frantically waving back and forth excited to share their hypothesis of what will happen next in the experiment simply jump out through the screen! I delight in the goofy stories told during our online passing periods, and am struck by the wise insights students post in their assignments regardless of whether there is a screen between us.

In a time where much emphasis needs to be spent on containment, let us rejoice in the fact that there are some things we needn’t and cannot suppress. How fortunate we are to have the love of God and of this school community to help see us through these difficult times!

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