We’re so thankful today. This time of year, we’re moving from darkness to light, and from dormant to vibrant life. It’s so good to see the sunshine! We’re also considering your death and anticipating the celebration of your resurrection. Keep us in wonder and increase our understanding of what you have done. It’s all that matters, yet it’s so easy to forget. Thank you for all of the evidence of your steadfast love. Please keep us in your love.
Thank you for being our good Shepherd and guiding us. Help us to follow you and to be good shepherds to our kids and to the families at this school. Let your love overflow from us in this work. Your will be done. Your name be honored.
And I’m going to borrow a prayer that was written nearly 1000 years ago but that I heard only recently from our first grade class. I ask these same requests for us as leaders of this school, Lord.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Vice Chairwoman