My pastor, Rev. Shawn Anglim at First Grace United Methodist Church, e-mailed this first day of school blessing. Today was a Methodist kind of day as I drove to Baton Rouge to spend time with our Bishop Cynthia Harvey. It was good to catch up with her and discuss ways to continue to bring Dillard closer to the denomination.
I also learned about the death of Jim Argue who was president of the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation. Jim was a great supporter of Philander Smith College, and he was sensitive to the small Black congregations and helped them provide support so their students could participate in the dollars for scholars program, where UMC students could get $4,000 grants for school.
So I am thankful for the UMC connection and having the honor to serve as president of two UMC schools. So this blessing is really for all of us, at all levels of education, as we dive into this new academic year.
Father, please fill me with your understanding as I instruct others,
Help me to see the individual potential of every student I teach.
Father, please fill me with your patience as I teach others,
Help me to keep giving of my time and energy, especially to those who struggle the most.
Father, please give me your divine wisdom as I am with my class,
Show me when I must discipline and when I can show mercy.
Father, help me to depend totally on You,
For You are the source of my strength, courage and peace.
Father, above all, may I love and care for each student I teach.
Show me how to serve as Christ serves
Give as Christ gives
Love as Christ loves.
I ask all this in the precious name of Jesus,
My Savior and friend.