a prayer for the beginning of school.


Ready or not, our students are back to school tomorrow. It seems especially cruel to start on a Monday. For one thing, it would be nice to have one more day to get ready. And for another, those kids are going to be exhausted by Friday. And me, too. I offer you a hymn (in my book, Waterdeep counts as hymns) and a prayer for this first week of school.

Unfortunately, I can’t find video or audio of this song online, so the lyrics will have to do.

The first day of class, they
call out your name
and you have to reply
even if you’re shy.
And if you choose to
pretend you didn’t hear
They’d think that you weren’t there
And they’d keep on breathing air
without you.

Cowards never win
They’re torn up in the wind
And everyone forgets to ask their name
If you wonder why
people don’t want to die
It’s cause they’re too scared to deal with their blame

(“Cowards Never Win” by Waterdeep from Everyone’s Little CD)

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find
you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.
(from the BCP)

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