Stories of chaos, and even violence, in the classroom are all too common. Teachers are frustrated with the lack of respect from kids and lack of support from parents and administrators; it's easy to be discouraged.
But one school in Nashville showed that teachers are appreciated, and even loved.
Four-hundred students and staff of Christ Presbyterian Academy took buses and cars to the home of the popular teacher Ben Ellis, who was stricken with cancer. He had continued to teach even while undergoing chemotherapy. Now he was too sick to come to school.
They sang songs of praise and worship while their instructor in Latin and Bible studies looked on from his bedroom window. Ben sang with them. Though his voice was weak and his body withered, his spirit was powerful.
“So, it is not well with my body. But it is well with my soul.”, he said.
A few days later, Mr. Ellis died. Cancer took him, but his legacy of faith remains. He never let cancer steal his love of life, his love for his students, or his love of God. Ellis' father said of his son, "Through his ministry and teaching, he has positively touched countless hundreds of lives directly and many thousands indirectly. He, his wife and children are a beautiful family."
Country singer Tim McGraw shared a video of the hymn-fest that has been viewed tens of millions of times around the world. People of every faith are touched by the courage of Ben Ellis, as he faced death without fear.
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