As my children leave for school,
I pray that you will keep them in your care.
Send your Spirit to open their minds
to all that is true and beautiful and good.
Help them to see the gifts and talents
you have given them and to use them well.
Help them to grow in knowledge and wisdom.
Help them to be kind to others
and lead others be kind to them.
Give their teachers patience and understanding
and help them teach what is just and true.
Send your angels to guide and guard my children
and to keep them from all harm.
Open their young hearts to your presence
and enfold them in your peace and protection.
Hold them in the palm of your hand
and bring them home safely at day's end.
Back to school is always a time of mixed emotions from my kids and from me ... excited for a new adventure, nervous about the unknown, sad to bid summer farewell, and relieved to get back into a routine, just to name a few. This year, with Trey moving into Middle School (yikes!!) and Joshua starting his first intermediate year in 3rd grade, I'm doubly excited for them. I look forward to the adventure and wish my two wonderful boys the best school year yet.
Find this prayer, written by Fr. Austin Fleming, and several other great back-to-school prayers at A Concord Pastor Comments.