2020 has been an education in grace–grace to keep moving through the daily flex of last-minute notices and upheaval of assignments.
At the school bus yard we had new routes delivering school meals to students and their families, as well as daily adjustments to flexible student routes. Our general manager faithfully adhered to the COVID-19 protocol: we were temperature checked, gloved, masked and six feet apart before clocking in or out and certainly before getting on any school bus.
Our general manager personally monitored us to ensure our safety and the observance of health precautions. She has stood by us through company transitions, contracts, last-minute route and schedule changes, complaints, internal or external disputes. We have watched her monitor traffic with our past superintendent, check buses and host special events for us. All this she has done with impartial judgement and with a strong example of leadership in the responsibility of management. Her door and her mind are always open to us, but so is the understanding that she is our general manager and we are expected to adhere to the policies she conveys to us.
Many of the walkers at Christian County Mental Health also received continuing education in grace this year: as substitute workers for our clients who were sheltered in place, everyone from the janitor to the case managers, snack shack and developmental training employees labored in the workshops performing all of the tasks that result in a finished product of reels which come in all sizes. We gained a new understanding and respect for the daily work performed by our clients and the sacrifice of diligence to complete the filling of orders. Though our bodies ached from new physical demands and our dreams were sometimes interrupted by the floor supervisor yelling “Rod!” to deliver us more pallets, we were employed and Christian County Mental Health has remained opened during this challenging time.
Some may say “grace” is a frivolous expression, but it is grace that saves the soul, strengthens the body, moves the spirit and gives feet courage to walk through the unknown.