From preschool to grad school, this time of year is usually punctuated by joyous pictures of students and teachers returning to classrooms. But this year is a strange one. Not like any other.
And so we offer this prayer for everyone who teaches.
A Prayer for Teachers
God of Wisdom –
These times are trying. More trying than we can even name.
We are in places we’ve never been before.
We need your guidance. Give it generously?
God of Work –
These demands on our lives to labor are pushing us beyond our capacities.
We are at the mercy of powers that do not have our best interests at heart.
We need your well of sabbath rest. Can you energize us to say yes and to say no?
God of Words –
These days ask us to assemble words with more care than we’ve ever needed.
We are overwhelmed, under-resourced, out of sorts, and trying to catch our breath.
We need your inspiration. Will you speak through us compassion, justice, and mercy?
God of the Way –
We are on paths we do not know . . . where they lead or how to go.
We see these people with us. They are just as fragile and weary as we are.
We need your direction. Will you show us hope, purpose, life and love?