Last week we had our Blessing of the Backpacks and Book Bags during worship. While preparing for worship, I came across a “video meditation” offered by United Methodist Communications. You may enjoy it also at www.umc.org/what-we-believe/united-methodist-back-to-school-blessing. Here’s the blessing used in the video.
Guide my spirit deep within.
Help me think and help me play,
This whole school year, day by day.
As I move from class to class,
Guide my footsteps; clear my path.
Keep my tongue to speak your words.
Let your will for me be heard.
In every subject high or low,
May God's excellence be shown!
Keep me strong to reach the prize,
To grow in grace, becoming wise.
Whether far from home or near,
May I hold God's precepts dear.
To do my best at every task;
For this blessing, I do ask.
Help my family be a part
As I lift my mind and heart.
As I study, work, and pray,
Be with them throughout the day.
Of whom much is given, much is required.
May learning be your greatest desire!
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.