In Cleveland there is a giant billboard that has the message, "We Are All Witnesses" and t-shirts are emblazoned with one word, "Witness". Both are referring to witnessing the greatness of basketball player LeBron James.
While I will not proclaim that I have witnessed the greatness of this man, as a teacher of nearly thirty years I will proclaim that I have witnessed something more important. In my classroom I have been witness to the love of God as evidenced in the faces of the children I teach. I see God's love in their eyes. Children whose eyes look to me for guidance as I teach our many lessons, children whose faces are filled with awe and wonder as they learn something new and children whose gratitude for helping them knows no bounds. In the Gospel of Mark Jesus ,says that the kingdom of God belongs to the children.
The separation of church and state prohibits the teaching of religion in public schools. As a public school teacher I'm not allowed to mention or even write the word "God" in my classroom. In a day and age where Christmas programs are now called Winter programs and Easter vacation is now referred to as Spring break one thing remains a constant, God shows His love for us through the faces of our children.
I applaud President Bush who had the courage to express his belief in God as he consoled the nation after the murder of over thirty young adults at Virginia Tech. His words, "We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift them up in our prayers and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today", show a president who understands the importance of God in our lives, especially in times of sorrow.