September 3, 2014 | 04:34 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

New School Year Prayer

My Facebook newsfeed is peppered with pictures of kids going back to school. The pictures are usually accompanied by the parent expressing one of two sentiments. Option 1: A teary post with nostalgia about how fast their child is growing up and having a hard time letting go. Or, a slightly more comical post in Option 2: Praise God summer vacation is over and they are out of the house!

Whatever the emotion is I am praying for our kids who will be entering new schools, returning to friend groups, and learning in their classrooms. May God bless them, keep them safe, and grant them wisdom as they grow into who God is calling them to be. I am praying for all of the parents, as well. May God grant you wisdom, joy, and patience in the year ahead as you parent.

I discovered this prayer and offer it to our parents as you pray for your children this year. Never underestimate the power in praying for your children!

Thank you, God, for your Spirit growing in (name of child).
Thank you for their curiosity and creativity,
for their energy and imagination,
for their ability to make friends and work and play with others.
As I send them to school,
give me grace to let go,
making room for this year’s new teachers and new friends.
Help me to trust that you will always be close to them.
Keep them safe.
Stretch their spirit
and feed their mind
with everything that is wise and good and holy,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.