There just seems to be something special about a new school year. The first day brings new wardrobes, school supplies, teachers, and classmates. Such promise – a fresh start.
My prayer for my children comes from the words of King David who once wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:1-6, NLT).
As they enter into those halls, may they hear and know the voice of God. I know that Jesus Christ will show himself to be their Good Shepherd…
- Guiding them. They will go where he asks them to go and do what he asks them to do – regardless of the cost to themselves. More importantly than the exact direction and destination is who he is making them to be all along the way.
- Providing for them. He will give them exactly what they need when they need it. He will be their Source – Water and Bread of life. In his goodness, he will give them the desires of their heart – because over time their hearts will surely align with his.
- Protecting them. Nowhere better than to be in his presence. They have wisdom to know what’s right and courage to do what’s right. He offers a way out of temptation.
I am excited about the people they will meet, the lessons they will learn, and the experiences they will share.