Wow! After months of following health recommendations and guidelines from the various Health Departments, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, we created our wellness protocols and are ready to open our doors for another exciting year....our 55th year to be exact!
The staff will gather early before school starts to begin our day in prayer. I thought a lot about what our prayer should include and realized there is much gratitude to offer and help to ask for. We would love to have you, as an important part of our village as we teach your children, pray along with us. And help your children learn to pray for each other and their teachers. The power of prayer is real and we thank you for joining us in prayer for a great school year!
Dear Gracious Father,
As we embark on a new school year amid the COVID-19 crisis, we are grateful for our wonderful staff from teachers to our tech and housekeeping staff and to the entire church staff, who have all worked so hard together to make this school year possible. We thank you, too, for our families who are entrusting their children to us as scary as it may feel; please give them a sense of assurance and peace about their decisions. We thank you especially for the precious children, who will come to us as new or returning students, wide-eyed after being home for so long, some excited and smiling, others tearful and sad to leave mom or dad. Help us remember, God, these children are yours and that you love them more than we ever could.
We ask for continued guidance as we try keep everyone safe and well and to execute the plans our teachers and staff have worked so thoughtfully to create; we ask for patience with each other and our families if we have to tweak any of those excellent plans and as we navigate new schedules and different carpool protocols. We pray for good health as we take all possible precautions to prevent the spread of the virus; we pray for stamina to match the children's energy; and we pray that we can remember to slow down and appreciate all we have and all you have bestowed upon us; and grant us times of peaceful rest to sustain us. Lastly, we pray for God's continued grace upon everyone in the Day School and that we are open to receive this amazing grace. Help us remember when we feel weighed down by our day to day activities and responsibilities that you, Lord, are with us every moment of everyday, and that when we feel we can no longer take a step on our own, we don't have to because you are there to carry us. Let us not be anxious or worried, but rather let us praise and honor you in all we do and let us reflect your light and experience your joy.
In your name we pray, Amen.
Note: Now that school has begun, the blog will revert back to more happenings from the Day School so we can share what is going on.