Sunday, August 26, 2012

Blessing of My Book Bag

Today at church, we had our annual back-to-school "blessing of the backpacks". Open to students of all ages, this year I participated by bringing my book bag with folder, spiral notebook, and two textbooks. At the end of the announcement time, students were invited to gather at the front of the church. I was very relieved when two other adults joined me, but it turned out they were representing their absent children, rather than taking classes themselves. Still, it helped me not stick out quite as badly since everyone else was elementary through high school age. I attend a small church so the minister had time to ask each of us to tell the congregation what grade we were. I said "Masters of Communication" and was pleased not to have to say anything more.

My book bag is a present from my dear friend Linda who gave it to me several years ago. Like our friendship, this bag has stood the test of time.

Blessing of Backpacks

For our minds and the ability to think and reason;
We thank you, Lord.

For the passion and dedication of all who teach;
We thank you, Lord.

For the gifts of wonder and creativity and the vision to see you, Lord, in things that are new;
We thank you, Lord.

For schools and the opportunity to learn;
We thank you, Lord.

For our friends at school, who share the good times and the hard times with us;
We thank you, Lord.

For our families, for their love and support;
We thank you, Lord.

For computers and calculators and all the other tools that help us learn and explore;
We thank you, Lord.

For words and stories and ideas and the chance to share them with others;
We thank you, Lord.

For music and art and drama and joy;
We thank you, Lord.

For games and times of recreation and renewal;
We thank you, Lord.

For all those people who help us learn and all those whom we are able to help;
We thank you, Lord.

For our own unique gifts and talents and the opportunity to use them in your service;
We thank you, Lord.

God of power and hope, we pray your blessing upon these backpacks, on the students who carry tham and on all students and teachers everywhere. Bless us all in our vocation as learners, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely blessing. Glad you were able to take part in the service. Hope this return to school is full of blessings for you. Touched that the bag I gave you will be with you as you start out on this journey.

Love,
Linda