A new school year, a new beginning. Whether our children are just starting kindergarten, entering high school, or leaving the nest for college, our hearts and hopes go with them. I invite you to bless your child with this beautiful prayer as he or she goes out to face the world. It is a scary world out there and the safety of our children is of the utmost importance. We want our children to absorb and learn all that they can so that their education elevates them to new and higher levels of achievement. For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, the following is a wonderful prayer for them.
Dear God.....Bless all children this day, O God. Instruct them...Give them inquiring minds and discerning hearts. Strenghthen them...Give them courage to persevere in all they undertake. Delight them...Give them the gift of joy and wonder in all things. Befriend them...Give them laughter and love to share with all. Guard them...Give them protection and safety as they move out of our embrace. Love them...And give them sure and certain knowledge of your unfailing love. Amen.
Resource: Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts," by Vienna Cobb Anderson.