I praise you for beautifully making each of my children in their own special way. I thank you for entrusting them to their mother and me and ask that you give us the fruit of the Spirit so that we raise them to Your glory and honor and not our own.
I pray not only for my children, but for all of the children within their school and throughout this community. You have made each of them just as beautiful and special as my own children. May I view these children and their homes not as competition to my own but as those who contribute to the mosaic of this community and all of Creation. May we truly rejoice in their unique blessings, specialized talents, and personal successes. May we also sincerely mourn with them when disappointment, struggle, or grief comes their way. May we love as You have loved us.
I pray for the schools in which they will spend so much of the coming year. I thank you for teachers who sacrificially and lovingly serve our family and this community. May their passion for children’s education be sustained and emboldened this year. Help me, Father, to show appreciation and lend support to my children’s teachers and all of the staff of their school.
I thank you for our school and those who lead and oversee it. Give them wisdom in their guidance. Give them purity in their motives. Give them boldness in vision. Give them humility in spirit. Help them to see the stewardship to which you have entrusted them – the precious souls of hundreds of girls and boys.
I also humbly ask for the spiritual and physical protection of our children this year. I recognize that this is a fallen world. Harmful influences exist, children get sick, bad things happen to the innocent, and sometimes it seems that evil prevails. Nonetheless, Father, I ask that you lead us not into temptation and that you deliver us from evil. In spite of the world’s darkness, Father, use our family to redeem that which is ugly and to be light and salt.
May we also remember that school serves as a place of refuge, family, and hope for many children today. I thank you, Father, for the opportunity that education provides all, for the world that can be opened in a book, and for the community that can be found in a classroom. I pray that the littlest and least of these are lifted up in their schools this year.
I praise you for the Beauty of Art, the Laws of Math and Science, the Fun of Recreation, the Lessons of History, the Transcendence of Music, and the Gift of Language. Creation declares Your majesty over and over. I pray that all children come to know You better through their studies this year.
Father, you have blessed my family and me in Your Son. Our knowledge of Him has forever changed us. Thank you. Use us this year to bless those around us in His name. Amen.