Lighting The Candles: A Classical Teacher’s Relational Work

By Abby Helms, K-12 Art Teacher & Marketing Director We love having people over at the Helms’ House. The first thing we did when we bought our fixer upper was to knock a wall out to make enough space for friends to gather in our living room. Several years later, we’ve nearly perfected our “people coming over” routine. First we spend time picking up clutter, scrubbing surfaces, and generally making it look like three little children do not live there. Then when everything is finished (and everything that didn’t get finished is stuffed in a closet) one of us says: …

May the Lord Keep Them

“How does he not know that she is bad?” This was the question blurted out by one of my middle school students as we were reading the story of the Red Cross Knight, the first book of Edmund Spencer’s Faerie Queene. The Red Cross Knight, who represents the Christian’s pursuit of holy living, had been deceived again by the same character that had previously caused him great harm. Having the perspective of the reader, it seemed so clear to my student. The reality for us as characters in a story, and we all are characters in God’s story, is not …