Mr. Ellis was in his room when a commotion on his front lawn drew him to his window; looking down from his second story, Mr. Ellis saw over 400 students plus faculty from his school standing on his front lawn, singing worship music, praying over his house. The moment was caught on video and shared on Facebook by country singer Tim McGraw, and it is nothing short of sob-worthy.
“This was a spur of the moment decision.” wrote one teacher and a friend of Mr. Ellis on the post. “Students were in the middle of class, some taking quizzes and tests… And dropped everything for a bigger lesson on life, love, community, compassion.”
A mom of the one of the students commented as well.
“Our children attend CPA and my high schooler LOVES Mr. Ellis… We ALL love Mr. Ellis and his precious family. The kids were giving back to him some of the love he has given to them. He is the definition of a teacher, a role model, a servant. He wrote the kids a letter telling them he is even more certain now that God is Good and with us. And [Mr. Ellis] is full of hope, joy, and peace.”
That mom also shared a letter from the school principal to the parents after that day:
I wanted to give you an update on this morning’s change of schedule and chapel for the high school, as it was a bit unorthodox, but sometimes that’s just how the Holy Spirit calls us to be.
Over the course of last night and into this morning, three separate and unrelated people approached me saying that while praying they received a vision of the high school students and faculty singing praises on the front lawn of the home of Ben Ellis, our Latin teacher who is battling cancer and who loves a good hymn sing. So, we loaded the buses and cars and went.
It was a powerful and moving outpouring of love that our students were able to bestow upon a man who loves us well. We returned to campus and went straight into chapel, where we prayed and praised God. It was broken and beautiful.
Even if you don’t share the beliefs held by Mr. Ellis and this high school, it’s still evident that they gave Mr. Ellis a beautiful gift, and the example of love and support flowing to Mr. Ellis from his community is touching. One of the comments on the video says it perfectly: “I’m not even religious and I wanted to take the time to say how beautiful this is. This is what being on this planet is supposed to be about. Taking the time to lift others up. Brings a joyful tear to my eye.”
Check out the incredible video below.