I love all of the prayers that have been shared here – for students young and not-so-young, for teachers, for parents. Many in the Inksper group are sending children off to high school and college for the first, or last, time. My kids are both out of college now and both are elementary teachers.
My son, child #2, starts New Teacher Orientation today. This will be his first teaching job and he’s thrilled. And nervous. Excited and a bit scared. There’s so much to learn, to remember, to do. For years he’s worked toward his dream of teaching. Now that it’s here, he’s antsy to get started while wondering how he’ll get everything done before school starts.
He will be an amazing teacher. And that’s not just coming from a proud “mama bear.” Every evaluation during student teaching included statements like “You’re a natural. This is definitely the right job for you.” His substitute teaching jobs this past spring were reminders that, though he was flying a bit blind each time, it was exactly what he wanted to do. It doesn’t hurt that he’s 6’7″ which definitely makes him stand-out among the kids!
So as he starts his first year, I’d like to share a prayer I found recently. I offer it up for all first-year teachers, for those who’ve been teaching for decades, and for all those in-between who return each fall eager to be part of their students’ lives.
God bless each person who feels called to teach in some way – in public or private school, home school, Sunday school, college, fine art school…
Lord, let me be just what they need.
If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy.
If they need sympathy, let me sympathize.
If they need love (and they do), let me love, in full measure.
Let me not anger easily, Lord, but let me be just. Permit my justice to be tempered in your mercy.
When I stand before them, let me look strong and good and honest and loving. And let me be as strong and good and honest and loving as I look to them.
Help me to counsel the anxious, crack the covering of the shy, temper the rambunctious with a gentle attitude.
Permit me to teach only the truth.
Help me to inspire them so that learning will not cease at the classroom door. Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.
And Lord, let me bring them to You. Teach them through me to love You.
Finally, permit me to learn the lessons they teach.
(I don’t know who wrote this – if you do, please let me know so I can give them credit.)