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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: Jennifer's Hero
By Aylin Smith
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“Good morning class,” Mrs. Martin, one of two eighth grade teachers, said as her students rushed in before the tardy bell rang. “Today will conclude our week long assignment of your presentation of ‘Hero’s’. I want to say before we start, that I am very proud of the work and effort each has put forth on craft and research of the person chosen to do your report on.”
Having said this, Mrs. Martin took her seat and called the first student of the hour. "Jennifer Pearson, please come up and give your presentation.”
Jennifer stood up and moved to the front of the class. Frayed nerves and the sensation of butterflies fluttering inside her stomach intensified as she looked over her fellow classmates. “The person I picked for my presentation is Lisa Pearson, my mother. She has a courageous heart, unyielding love for life, a grounded faith in God and unselfishly sacrifices without pause.”
Blue eyes glistened with tears as she paused for a moment and then continued. “How does this woman exhibit a courageous heart? A year ago, our house caught fire and we lost everything, except the clothing on our backs. My mother got another job, along with the eight hour job she already had, to bring in extra income until a new house could be found.
“Never once did she give up. She always made sure my needs were met first and foremost,” Jennifer said softly. A sense of pride was reflected not only in her words, but through the tears that now threatened to spill down her cheeks, as well as in the beautiful smile on her face.
“Also, it is her astounding faith in God that made me choose her. It has always been just me and my mother all these years. One day I asked her how on earth she made it through each day. Every morning, she thanked God for what he has done in her life and what he was going to do in our lives as a family. I realized then what an impact her faith had made on me and so many others that knew her.”
“She is my hero, because she brought me to know God in the way she does, by accepting his son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. My life has never been the same. Together we rely on God to bring us joy, comfort and a peace within our hearts. God can also work in your life, too, if you will let him in your heart as we did.”
“The last reason for choosing her as my hero is because she loves me so much; unselfishly she sacrifices her wants and needs so I am provided for.”
Tears streamed down Jennifer’s face as she took in a deep breath. “God gave me a true hero, and I love her more than she will ever know.”
As Jennifer started to head back to her desk, the entire class, along with Mrs. Martin, stood up, clapping proudly for a beautiful presentation.
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