Father, I pray with thanksgiving for every child who had a good first day of school yesterday. Thank you for your grace, your love, your care. You bless and bless and bless, over and over again.
However, today, Father, I pray for all of those who did not have a good first-day experience. Today I pray:
- for those who are disrespected, used, or bullied … and for those who have disrespect, use, or bully others;
- for those who are overly anxious, truly fearful, intimidated, or shut down;
- for those who feel alone, overlooked, shunned, or pushed off to the side;
- for those who feel drawn to hang with fellow students who, nevertheless, chip away at and erode their faith or values;
- for those who have a teacher or staff member that is working them misery, not serving with the student’s best interest in view;
- for those who carry with them trouble from their home life that clouds and burdens their experience at school;
- for those who are sick or struggling with some physical ailment, whether temporary or chronic;
- for those who act up and act out, unaware of the link between stress factors beyond their control and not of their own creation, and their disruptive ways;
- for those who simply don’t want to be at school and yearn to be home;
- and for those who wish school could last longer and that they didn’t have to go back home.
Father, in Christ’s name, I ask that you bless these with what they need. May their day not just go better today, or their week, but their year.