I don’t know your name just yet, but I am praying for you …
Here is what I am asking God for as this journey begins:
I pray you know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I don’t know what you believe or where you find your strength, but I pray your foundation is Jesus Christ. If it’s not, I pray you will see Jesus in my child and my family each and every day.
I pray you will see the good in every child, no matter how challenging that may be. Every child has something good to offer, and I pray you can find that something, making each one feel valued and loved.
I pray you will be healthy, that you can carry out your school days with strength and stamina. Germs are everywhere. I pray you can somehow avoid them in the midst of runny noses, sneezes, and kids who perpetually forget to wash their hands.
I pray you have patience. Dealing with a classroom full of children with individual needs and wants is a challenge. I pray you will be calm under pressure, patient when your limits are tested, and composed when situations are difficult. And when you've heard your name called one too many times by 9 am, I pray you remember you are, indeed, changing lives, one child at a time.
I pray you have a happy home outside of school. If you have a spouse and children, I pray they feel your unconditional love, as I know you have to share yourself with so many kids each day. I pray for your time together, that it would be meaningful and memorable.
I pray for the safety of you and my child. I am entrusting you with my child. That isn’t something I take lightly. I trust God and will not allow myself to worry while she is with you.
I pray your classroom is a warm and inviting place, a safe haven for children to learn, grow, and develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.
I pray you choose joy as you go to work each day. I pray you can laugh, smile, and have fun, and, in turn, help my child laugh, smile, and have fun.
I pray for your relationships with fellow teachers and parents, especially me. I pray we can talk openly about my child and that I will hear you when you have both positive and challenging comments to share.
I pray you will handle all situations with grace and understanding … that no matter what comes your way, you will be quick to listen and slow to anger … that you will respond with kind tones and reassuring words ... even if they mix play dough colors or leave the tops off the markers, again.
I promise I won’t be a "helicopter" parent, but I will be an active part of my child’s education. You will spend a lot of time with her each day, and I want the best for both of you. I believe my child can and will do great things, but I also know she is not perfect. Neither are you. Neither am I. Even in the midst of our daily imperfections, I pray we can have a near-perfect school year. And always remember, I am praying for you.