August 26, 2011

Beautiful Minds

Filed under: Children and Families,Cycle of Prayer — by Lisa Meeder Turnbull @ 3:07 pm

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


This week in our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for theological education, Campus Ministry, and all teachers and students who return to their classrooms in the coming week. In many of our congregations, these prayers will be enacted through blessings of backpacks, rejoicing in our abundance through outreach ministries to school-age children and their families.

This is a precious time in our stewardship of all gifts. In this intentional moment, we acknowledge that our minds, our teaching and learning, must be counted among the gifts of God, for the people of God. We focus our hearts on the vocations of those who are called to teach, to indeed be nothing short of stewards of the intellectual well-being of their communities and the greater society.

It’s a tall order. I therefore invite you to make a “new school year’s resolution.” Whether you are a teacher, a student, a parent, or a member of the broader community, commit yourself to stewardship of teaching and learning as part of your on-going life of prayer: When you are stuck behind a school bus, pray for children, teachers, and families. When you notice someone wearing a college logo, pray for Campus Ministry, young adults of faith, those who are seeking, and those who don’t yet know they are seeking. And in your own daily life and ministry, celebrate the call and response of those in all orders who are engaged in theological education.

Pray for all these beautiful minds.


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