by Joyce E. Pennington
The announcement of who makes the team is victorious for some and
traumatic for others. Because each candidate is so anxious to be a part of
the team, it seems a shame to send them off with nothing when they have not
made the team and worked so hard during tryouts. To make the results a
little more personal, make an envelope for each team member with her name or
number on the outside. The candidates that make the team will find a symbol
(heart for sweethearts, bell for belles, boot for drill team, etc.) made out
of construction paper that they can wear to school the next day. For those
that do not make it, you might include a personal letter of thanks and the
by Helene Lewis Coffer
Lord, you have taught me to accept defeat,
To taste the bitter with the sweet,
Knowing the longest night brings hopeful dawn,
I gather up the pieces and go on.
Now, let your Spirit tell me how to treat
A child whose dreams lie broken at her feet;
How to share the hard earned wisdom with the calm,
The confidence, to be her sore heart's balm?
She's tender, Lord. Her hurts hurt more than mine.
She's young, and thinks the sun will never shine.
Just yesterday, she laughed, and walked in clover.....
Teach her tomorrow is for starting over.