Today is the first day of classes for Lipscomb. The first day of a school year is always pregnant with hope. Hope that this will be a better year. Hope that students will stay on top of their homework and reading. Hope that things will be different…better. Here is a prayer for my students:
Father as we enter a new academic year I invite You to be impossible to ignore in the classroom. May students see Your Creativity in the wonder of discovery as students are introduced to new ideas and concepts.
I praise You for the minds that want to be pushed, prodded, filled and challenged. May they see You in the new information, discoveries, knowledge and wisdom.
I praise You for the relationships that will be formed between student and teacher. May they begin a journey of learning together that lasts a lifetime.
For those students that will experience loss, grief, struggle, discouragement, and doubt, will you send an extra measure of comfort and peace into their souls? Please send teachers and classmates around those who are hurting to offer compassion and support.
May we all recognize that the classroom is truly Holy Ground. May we see something transcendant when teacher and student gather together to seek knowledge and understand the extraordinary and truly awesome privilege it is to study in an institution of higher learning such as Lipscomb. May we not take for granted the blessing that literally billions of others on earth would like. Give us the discipline and self-control to take in all that this academic year has to offer in our readings, classes, activities, discussions, seminars, labs, and more have to offer.
May You illuminate us with the light of knowledge and may that Truth we discern and discover this year set us free to help those who are oppressed, needy, hungry, naked, and lost.
Give my students the wisdom to know the meaning and purpose of their lives and learning so their knowledge, skills and gifts be able to make Your Kingdom a better place for your greater glory.
Grant me patience for the students who need that little bit extra. Give me the ability to be fully present for every class, lecture, conversation and office meeting so that I can serve those around me in the best way possible.
May I learn more from my students than I have ever before and grant me new perspectives to places that have become overly familiar.
May we be able to look back at this year and be able to undeniably praise You for all the growth that we have experienced through this year.