A Prayer for Teachers and Educators
The follow is adapted from an article from writer & author Meg Bucher:
Teachers, educators, counselors, and coaches have a huge impact in the lives of the students they work with. Many schools will start the new year with remote/online learning, while some schools are planning to start onsite. The same is true for both: we need to lift up our teachers and educators.
Parents and students with zero homeschooling experience are also being thrust into this new upheaval of daily schedules and isolated work from home and schooling environments. Many parents are essential workers, unable to be at home with their children to guide them through lessons and projects. Though many are able to connect through technology and virtual classrooms, there will be an inevitable need to reach out to those who remain disconnected. Not every student has access to a computer, and not every school system is able to provide one for every student.
Teachers and educators may not be working on the frontlines to cure and treat COVID-19, but they are stepping up to become part of their student’s daily lives, going far beyond checking off curriculum requirements. Teachers are rallying to create relevant content students can apply to this unprecedented age we are in. Coaches unable to contact athletes are inspiring them through technology to keep training and dreaming of their goals, sending workouts and innovative training ideas. Counselors who come alongside students, and teachers certified to help those with difficulties learning, are able to meet via video chat to check in on their students.
For the students and school systems still working to provide curriculum for their students, we pray for provision and innovation. Teachers are the first to tell their students, learning is a lifelong journey. The way we learn has changed, at least for now. So many are chipping in and stepping up to help. We will make it through this, together. Many innovations and brilliant minds will be born out of this crisis. Today, we pray for the teachers and educators on the frontline of our homes, pouring into our students and going above and beyond during a situation no one saw coming, or thought possible.
This is the day You have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. It doesn’t look like we thought it would look, nor will tomorrow and the days to come likely be executed in the way we expected and prepared for. Help us to see the good in each day. Help us to find reasons to rejoice and ways to be glad. Litter our lives with moments of laughter and lightheartedness, even in these extremely dark and trying times. Birthdays are still be celebrated each day. The sun keeps coming up, and You remain the same. We are created in Your image, God, to do good and great things to bring glory to Your name. Each one of us, both teacher and student, were created with specific purpose. Help teachers to have confidence in their craft. They were meant to teach, educate, coach, counsel and lead. They are needed, appreciated, and loved. Their work and their efforts are never in vain. When it is hard to see the good, grab our attention, Father. When we are sad and miss school, our normal routine, and our teammates and coaches, encourage our spirits. Sustain us through our very real fear of what is and will happen in our world, God. Remind us we are not alone, even when we feel isolated. Jesus’ name – AMEN!
Teachers, educators, PARENTS! God is for you and we are with you!