This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. —Proverbs 17:6
I saw a school bus the other day and that can only mean one thing. It's time to go back-to-school. Families across the globe are preparing for another school year and while the educational settings may look different depending on where you live, similar transitions are happening in nearly every home.
During the back-to-school season, my prayers change and become very focused. I suppose it's natural to feel better when my children are with me. I know what they are doing, whom they are with, and where they will be. But the truth is, with the return of the school year, my children will spend more time away from me than with me. It's likely yours will, too. So, as we release our children to another school year I invite you to pray the following prayer.
Oh, God. How I love my kids. Thank you for allowing me to be their parent. As the school days approach, I entrust them into your hands. You are everywhere and I thank You that You are where I cannot be. You are in their classroom, in the school hallways, in their lunchroom. You are in the hearts of those You love and those who love You. You are in the heart of my child. Today, I ask for Your presence to surround our school, the buses, and the sidewalks our children will walk. Give teachers and school leaders wisdom and patience. Protect my children's minds, bodies and souls from any harm and may we trust that You are always with them. Amen.
Make it a priority to pray daily for your child's teacher, his or her school, faculty and staff. Also, make time to visit your child's school regularly. It will make all the difference in the world.