Prayer for our Schools - 8/7/18

Heavenly Father, all creation declares Your wisdom.  At this beginning of a new school year, we implore Your blessing upon our schools.  Keep safe all who travel to and from our schools each day.  Grant to all teachers, administrators, and staff Your guidance.  You have given them the responsibility of passing on to their students the wisdom of the past, the discoveries of the present and the hope of the future.  Give both teachers and students zeal for discovering the truth about Your world.  Bless all teachers with understanding that they may see each student as an individual with a body, mind, and soul redeemed by Christ.  Help them to use their vocation wisely to stimulate thought rather than to stifle it; to challenge initiative rather than to discourage it; to encourage effort rather than to frustrate it.  Make our schools places that prepare students for life-long service to You and Your people; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.    (adapted)