Wednesdays I have been setting aside to write a prayer for teachers. I think it is important. But, we are also in our 30 Days of Gratitude calendar (and it has been pointed out to me that I included a November 31st, he I got on a roll, besides consider the 3 a typo and be thankful on December 1) and today is being thankful for my spouse so I am going to do both today.
For being thankful for more than one thing today, I thought this an appropriate Scripture passage:
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:15-22, New Living Translation).
Today’s Teacher’s Prayer Video
Today’s Written Teacher’s Prayer
You teach us the ways of truth and the ways that lead to life. Give those who teach the wisdom and knowledge to know how to reach every student. Give teachers an ability to see and to rejoice in successes, both large and small. Help them to find words of wisdom and encouragement when there are struggles and failures. Where students struggle, show teachers a way to matter for that child.
You are always with our teachers, encouraging them, teaching them, as they enter the classroom or the zoom-room. Give them an abundance of patience as they juggle teach, sanitize, distance and mask, while they work to be attentive to the needs of students. Help these heroes of education to be patient with students and colleagues.
You love us beyond measure. Remind us of that love as we look into the eyes of each student before us. Give us a gentle heart, a compassionate heart and a heart open to receive love.
May your wisdom O God be our wisdom, your patience, our patience and your love, our love. May our students know that when they are in the classroom, they are also in your presence.
Teachers bless us. They bless our kids. Help them to know the love in this community for the work they do.
In Jesus’ Name,
Thirty Days of Gratitude – Thankful for My Spouse
As I say at the head of the video, Cindy and I have been married 43 years. Among other things, for our 40th anniversary, I wrote a song for her. It was one of my first songs and one of the only ones I that exists written music on paper, most are in my head and I have a really hard time getting them to paper.
If you prefer, here are the words and lead sheet for the song…
Have a great day and be blessed. I know I am and I am thankful.
Seeking the Genuine,
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