History of Jeremy

148 story of JeremyJeremy was born with a disfigured body, a slow mind, and a chronic, incurable disease that had slowly killed his entire young life. Nevertheless, his parents had tried to give him a normal life as far as possible and therefore sent him to a private school.

At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade. His teacher, Doris Miller, was often desperate with him. He shifted in his chair, drooling and making grunting noises. Sometimes he spoke again clearly, as if a bright light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy stirred up his teacher. One day, she called his parents and asked them to go to school for counseling.

When the Forresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It is not fair for him to be with other children who have no learning problems. "

Mrs. Forrester wept softly as her husband said, "Ms. Miller," he said, "it would be a terrible shock to Jeremy if we had to take him out of school. We know that he likes to be here. "

Doris sat there a long time, when the parents had left, she stared through the window at the snow. It was not fair to keep Jeremy in her class. She had to teach 18 children and Jeremy was a failure. Suddenly they felt guilty. "Oh God," she exclaimed loudly, "here I am moaning, though my problems are nothing compared to this poor family! Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy! "

Spring came and the children talked excitedly about the upcoming Easter. Doris told the story of Jesus and then, to emphasize the idea that new life sprouts forth, she gave each child a big plastic egg. "Well," she said to them, "I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Did you understand?"

"Yes, Ms. Miller!" The children responded enthusiastically - all but Jeremy. He simply listened attentively, his eyes always fixed on her face. She wondered if he had understood the task. Maybe she could call his parents and explain the project to them.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and telling as they laid their eggs in the big wicker basket on the table of Mrs. Miller. After they had their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs.

In the first egg Doris found a flower. "Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life," she said. "When plants sprout from the ground, we know that spring is here." A little girl in the front row raised her hands. "This is my egg, Ms. Miller," she exclaimed.

The next egg contained a plastic butterfly that looked very real. Doris held it up: "We all know that a caterpillar transforms and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that too is new life ". Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Ms. Miller, this is my egg."

Doris next found a stone with moss on it. She explained that the moss also represented life. Billy answered from the last row. "My dad helped me," he beamed. Then Doris opened the fourth egg. It was empty! It must be Jeremy's, she thought. He did not have to understand the instructions. If only she had not forgotten to call his parents. Not wanting to embarrass him, she silently put the egg aside and reached for another.

Suddenly Jeremy spoke up. "Mrs. Miller, do not you want to talk about my egg?"

Excitedly, Doris replied, "But Jeremy - your egg is empty!" He looked into her eyes and said softly, "But the tomb of Jesus was empty, too!"

Time stood still. When she was caught again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why the tomb was empty?"

"O yes! Jesus was killed and put there. Then his father raised him! "The ringing bell rang out. As the children ran out to the schoolyard, Doris cried. Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who honored him at the cemetery were surprised to see 19 eggs on his casket, all of them empty.

The good news is so simple - Jesus is risen! May his love fill you with joy during this time of spiritual celebration.

by Joseph Tkach

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