For over 35 years of my life, this season meant gearing up for school. Something about fresh folders, new pens and schedules, and learning to pronounce between 100-150 names, accelerated my heart rate into a joyous rhythm. After all, at age five I started lining up my dolls as students!
Last week two grands and I worked on pre-loaded scrapbooks that would capture them as babies. “Was I that tiny?” and “Where’s the picture of me smiling,” queried the first grader?
“Where’s the Christmas picture of me in the little sleigh?” asked the fourth grader. She then chose the cuddle bug sticker to add her personal touch to one page. We defined completing a 2-page spread, and talked about publishing as a profession.
Just before 5, the girls excitedly put on new tennis shoes and headed off with their parents to attend Open House and meet this year’s teachers.
Silence descended, leaving me time to process and pray. Academics came to mind as I considered each girls’ strengths and “not yets,” the new grade after C.
But the ache of my heart leaned into praying for the traits Paul enumerates in Colossians 3:12.
“Put on, then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.”
So while I pray for teachers, staff, administrators, school boards, and other factors that influence everything from curriculum to bathroom and locker room policies, I lift up these five character traits Paul mentions. I will pray for one trait each month from now until the end of 2016.
I pray you two dear girls will display COMPASSIONATE HEARTS this month to all you meet in the halls of your school. Remember those who hurt, those who have little, and those who serve.