Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Prayer for the First Day of School

Lord, let me be just what they need.

If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy.

If they need sympathy, let me sympathize.

If they need love, (and they do need love), let me love, in full measure.

Let me not anger easily, Lord but let me be just.

Permit my justice to be tempered in your mercy.

When I stand before them, Lord, let me look strong and good and honest and loving.

And let me be as strong and good and honest and loving as I look to them.

Help me to counsel the anxious, crack the covering of the shy, temper the
rambunctious with a gentle attitude.

Permit me to teach only the truth.

Help me to inspire them so that learning will not cease at the classroom door.

Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.

And, Lord, let me bring them to You.

Teach them through me to love You.

Finally, permit me to learn the lessons they teach.


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  1. I hope the parents of the children you teach appreciate the goodness you bring to their children's lives.

    I pray that my kids have someone as thoughtful, responsible, and wonderful as you in their schools!

    What a positive and meaningful way to start your school year!

    Bless you, Shannon!

  2. I agree with Jen - you certainly bring a degree of caring and love to your students that they probably don't get from everyone. They are lucky to have you, my friend. Very lucky, indeed.

    I will pray for you to have a fabulous first day of school - with NO stress! How 'bout that? :o)

  3. I am printing this prayer out to give to my #1;s kindergarten teacher tomorrow. I will be praying for you and all teachers and students tomorrow......God Bless!

  4. Shannon,
    I pray you have a wonderful start to a great year!!

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