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  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” 

                                                                         Psalm 36:9

This past week a number of our families and members of our community and church returned or began ‘school.’  It may have been back to a school building or a new experiment in home-schooling.  It may have been one’s first year or just another in a line of many.  It may have been at a new level, a step up in elementary, secondary, college, university or graduate education.  It may have taken place across the street or hundreds of kilometers from home. 

There are those among us who returned or began school this week as a student, a teacher, a principal, a bus driver or other support staff.  No doubt for everyone and in every circumstance, the pandemic has radically altered how education is experienced and delivered.  As followers of Jesus, we are praying that all those participating in whatever location or capacity or level of education will be safe, blessed as they praise God in their learning, teaching, serving and caring.

The poet in Psalm 36:9 offers us a lens through which we can see life, including education.  It involves the simple recognition that God is the source, the fountain of all of life.  Using that lens of seeing God as the source of life in our learning adds light and insight to our exploring and celebrating God’s spectacular creation and astonishing genius. 

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)  Despite the unique challenges, we pray again for fullness of life for all in this new season of school. 


PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: O God, so many of us and our loved ones have begun a new school year, equip and encourage us.  Help us to recognize and remember that you are the fountain of all of life.  You bring light to all our learning. 

                        O God, may Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.

                                                                                                In his name. AMEN.


Click on the following link for the song “Christ Be Our Light” offered by the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir. ….