As the School Year Begins Again: My Prayer as a Substitute Teacher

Lord of my life,

May I develop a posture that reflects your welcoming presence, offering a place of refuge

May I see you in their faces, a reminder of the breadth of your character and creativity

May I offer mercy when it seems least deserved because that’s what you offer me

May I exhude patience knowing that we are all people on the way

May I sense your wisdom when the complexities of humanity bear their wounds

May I breathe out your name when I say theirs so that they realize they are known

May I be a vessel of help to the one who is usually sailing the ship

When the days become long and heavy, remind me that you help carry the load in this place you have called me

Amen

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3 thoughts on “As the School Year Begins Again: My Prayer as a Substitute Teacher

  1. Jeannie Prinsen

    These are all powerful prayers, Stephanie, but I was moved most by “May I breathe out your name when I say theirs so that they realize they are known.” Being seen and known is so important for young people — any people, really. And educators have so much power and influence that really needs to be guarded and used carefully. Blessings as you do that.

    Jeannie (#32 in the linkup this week)

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      Yes, I am reminded of a powerful moment when someone remembered my name. It literally changed my life.

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