Our most precious gift;
Holy God whose voice spoke of the goodness within creation, you have given us the responsibility to be good stewards of life and health. There is great anxiousness and consternation this day as parents and grandparents, teachers and educational staff, find themselves making decisions about school this fall. So many people have an abundance of opinions, but often their conclusions appear driven by something other than the health and wellbeing of those who are most vulnerable. Options are offered, yet often families have no real options. Provide grace to households that are torn over what is best in this challenging time. We offer before you those who will be in the classroom, yet both parents and children will know a constant uneasiness. There is nothing we want more than for our young people to be in school, not only receiving an education, but experiencing the richness of socialization. But what is truly best?
We lift before you, Holy God, school leadership and decision-makers who feel stuck between medical experts, politicians and budgets. We pray for teachers who must be in the classroom for their paychecks, but carry with them deep concern because of their own health issues. Holy God whose voice spoke of the goodness within creation, we claim our responsibility to be the best stewards of the life and health of our brothers and sisters, young and old. Let us be attentive to what we truly value, never being comfortable with the idea of risking lives for some short term gain. This is tough, and we know good people are trying to determine what’s best in a constantly changing landscape. Provide them peace and wisdom as they seek to do what is best…especially when the reality of best remains elusive. We make these requests in the name of Jesus, who loves all the little children. Amen.
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