“Once he was useless to you, now he is useful both to you and to me.”
Heart of Stone
Art had earned himself quite a reputation at Pendragon High.
“Here comes trouble,” the teachers would moan as the disheveled youngster slouched down the hallways. Art managed to hold the winning record when it came to the number of failing grades and trips to the principal’s office.
Which is why everyone was shocked when one English teacher offered to tutor Art after class. “I know it’s hard to see, but I think he has potential,” the teacher explained.
Over the next few months the teacher poured himself into this work. It wasn’t easy, but after several weeks the boy’s grades – and troubled frown – had eased.
When Graduation Day arrived, the teachers wept as Art stood to address his class… as Valedictorian.
“Today, I’m going to pull a sword from the stone,” Art said, and quoted the promises of Scripture for his classmates by heart.
“I’m so proud of you, Arthur,” his teacher – and friend – told him later.
“Thank you, Mr. Merlin,” Art beamed. “I never could have done it without you.”
“Please,” his teacher smiled. “Call me Paul.”