Summer has melted right before
our eyes like an ice cream cone
in a toddler’s hand;
The last of those luxurious
unscheduled days are spattered
with water-sprinkler reminders
that school has started.
O God, help us to make good choices
these first weeks of school, as well as in the school year ahead.
Help us taskmaster parents
remember that fun and play don’t have to end when summer ends,
but should be a part of everyday.
Help our children remember
that it’s not what they know,
but who they are
that ultimately counts;
that character and compassion
are as important
as a good test score.
We ask you Lord, to help their teachers remember that they have
a precious treasure in their hands,
fullness and potential that far transcends any grades they give.
We ask these things with faith
Poem by Mary Lynn Hendrickson
At Home with Our Faith
Tuesdays after 8:00 am Mass in the Spirit Center.