This past semester in the junior high program we have begun ending our time together with about 10 minutes of guided, liturgical prayer using a book called Common Prayer by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove. Part of our time together is a call to confession. One evening I explained to our students that confession was not only a way to bring ourselves closer to God by admitting what wrong we had done, but a way to make things right with others by admitting our faults and seeking reconciliation. I told them that if there was anyone at their school they had wronged, that as a Christian they needed to go to that person, admit they were wrong and ask for forgiveness.
The next day I heard from a teacher friend of mine, Megan, that has one our sixth grade students, Takaia. She said that the previous day, Takaia had lost her temper and snapped at her in frustration. After our talk on confession, Takaia came to Megan and said she needed to confess that she had been wrong and asked for forgiveness. Often times it can be discouraging to think of all that our students face outside the walls of PTM and whether or not what we do is even remotely formative for them. I hope this can be a reminder that even though we may not get a report back like I did from Megan, our students are taking what they have been taught by the community of PTM into their world.