The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

A Prayer for Teachers

on September 13, 2015

I found the prayer below on the home page of Oregon Grassroots Education Movement (OGEM) yesterday.  It was posted by a member and friend, Pat Eck, who gave me permission to re-post it here.  Originally, the prayer was given by Pastor Reverend Don Frueh of the Parkrose Community Church of Christ on 9/6/15.  I don’t know its origin 


God of Love – Thank you for every teacher who notices a child’s special gift. Thank you for teachers who are listeners and gentle guides. Thank you for teachers who expect much and love enough to demand more. Thank you for the special teacher each one of us remembers.

God of Mercy – Sustain teachers who give everything they have and feel abandoned when society expects too much. Strengthen teachers who assume the blame for so many problems beyond their control. Help exhausted teachers rest.

God of Strength – Encourage teachers to care and inspire them to nourish. Motivate teachers to keep on learning for the fun of it and to make learning fun for children.

We wonder at teachers who know how to quiet a class of five-year-olds or help fourth graders be empathetic. We admire teachers who enjoy middle school writers, or teach physics or math or civics. We cannot even imagine how to help every single student achieve the progress they need.

Bless the people who are expected to accomplish these miracles and who know how to comfort children when miracles don’t happen.

God of Justice – help our nation find a way to steward our vast wealth to support teachers in their special calling, wherever they teach and whatever the race or religion or gender or wealth of the children.

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