Monday, September 1, 2008
Image: George Mendoza
Good morning, good God!
All the kids are getting ready to go back to school, Lord...
Keep them safe and healthy...
open their minds to their studies
and their hearts to their classmates...
Make their teachers wise and gentle,
firm and understanding...
I'm glad that school days are behind me, Lord -
I've had enough of all that!
But I know I still have a lot of learning to do... a lot!
I'm glad that homework is history for me
but I know there's plenty of work left for me to do
to prepare a home for you in my heart...
there's too much of me and my stuff in there
and I need to do some fall cleaning
to make more room for you...
Quizzes and tests?
Don't have to study for those anymore, Lord!
But there is that one important final exam that awaits me
and I've got a lot more work to do
to be ready to pass that one...
And I'm still working on that paper,
the autobiography you asked me to write,
the one where I'm supposed to be honest
and tell the truth about who I am
and who I believe you are -
and how we've got to know each other over the years...
more work to do on that assignment, for sure...
I guess in a lot of ways I am still a student
in the school of your wisdom and truth
and there's so much I've yet to learn...
so much I haven't yet begun to study...
so much I've learned but forgotten...
and so many tests I've failed...
But you're the most understanding Teacher of all, Lord:
you're patient when I don't pay attention,
forgiving when I don't do my work,
gentle in correcting my bad study habits,
and always ready to give me a make-up exam - always!
So this Monday morning, Lord,
I offer you my ignorance -
and pray you'll give me knowledge of your truth...
I offer you all my incomplete work -
and pray you'll give me an extension...
I offer you my failing grades -
and pray you'll give me time for extra credit...
Most of all, Lord, send me your Spirit
to be the truth I seek,
the wisdom I want,
and the knowledge I need
to be your disciple...
And, Lord, while I'm still a student in your school,
teach me to play well with others!
Posted by Austin Fleming at 6:00 AM