Blessing for Teachers and Students

"Cordero" by Francisco Oller (1833-1917) -  
Licensed under Public domain

Schools in the US and around the world have begun a new year of classes.  The following are prayers from around the world for teachers and students...

As School Starts

Great Teacher, we call to you -
be in our schools - in our classrooms - 
on our buses 

Protect us and keep us safe so that
teachers can share knowledge with our students
and students can build on that knowledge -

Enlighten us so that we are able to see
that happiness in this life is not about how much
or how many, but rather about how we use our talents
and who we touch in our lives -

Bless us to that we might be the best teachers and the students
we can be, thereby making the world around us 
the best it can be -

Amen!
by LMN © 2014

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A Prayer for Teachers 

God of Love…Thank you for every teacher who notices a child’s special gift. Thank you for teachers who are listeners and gentle guides. Thank you for teachers who expect much and love enough to demand more. Thank you for the special teacher each one of us remembers. 

God of Mercy…Sustain teachers who give everything they have and feel abandoned when society expects too much. Strengthen teachers who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted teachers rest. 

God of Strength…Encourage teachers to care and inspire them to nourish. Motivate teachers to keep on learning for the fun of it and to make learning fun for children.We wonder at teachers who know how to quiet a class of five-year-olds or help fourth grade girls be empathetic. We admire teachers who enjoy middle school writers, or teach physics or math or civics. We cannot even imagine how to help every single student achieve Adequate Yearly Progress. Bless the people who are expected to accomplish these miracles and who know how to comfort children when miracles don’t happen. 

God of Justice…help our nation find a way to steward our vast wealth to support teachers in their special calling, wherever they teach and whatever the race or religion or gender or wealth of the children. 

From the UCC 

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Dua before Class  

O GOD, please bring me out of the darkness of doubt and favour me with the light of comprehension, 
 
O GOD open to us the doors of your mercy and unfold for us the treasure of your knowledge by your mercy O the most merciful of the merciful ones.

 from Khulalasatul Adhkaar

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O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds,
and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect,
and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all the good things you provide for us on this Earth.

Native American Prayer from U.N. Day of Prayer
 

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