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As another school year approaches, please bless (child’s name).
Bless his mind. Give him the zeal to learn and ask questions. Let him grasp concepts and ideas as he builds his academic foundation. If academics are difficult, I pray you give him courage to ask for help and put the right people in his life to provide assistance. Also, allow peace and absolute to exist in his mind when learning about Your will and Your ways. When he memorizes Your Word, let the verses be understandable, come forth easily, and speak clearly to my child. Also, protect him from ungodly thoughts, which take away from the joy of learning. Protect my child from doubt, frustration and inferiority. Instead, give him bold self-confidence in all situations, knowing he is a child of the Most High, bought with a price.
Bless his eyes. Give him eyes which focus on You, Jesus, and see You in new and exciting ways this school year. Reveal to him why he is so special to You and give him eyes to see the uniqueness in others. Give him empathy to accept and appreciate differences in every person he comes in contact with. Let no bullying take place around my child. If he sees unkind behavior, give him courage to report it. If he is the bully, I ask you give him quick conviction and a remorseful heart. Also, Lord, protect him from witnessing ungodliness, which may happen within social circles and be quick to cover his eyes and report anything not glorifying to You.
Bless his mouth. Lead my child to choose words wisely — words which speak life into those around him. May he be slow to respond in the face of adversity and quick to offer encouragement or a compliment. Keep his tongue from speaking lies, gossiping and judging others. Be quick to convict his little heart if he should say anything displeasing to You and give him courage to say difficult things like “I’m sorry.”
Bless his hands. Lead him to work diligently as unto You. Keep his hands from doing evil. Instead, every day, give my child opportunities to use his hands to help and provide comfort to others — to participate in work that has eternal value.
Bless his feet. Lead him to follow instruction and obey authority with a compliant, joyful heart. I pray he also walks in the way of righteousness, beginning and building his relationship with You. If he falls off the straight and narrow path, I ask You to convict him and bring him back into union with You. Thank you for Your grace along the way when he makes mistakes. Help me also to have that grace for him.
I also ask, Lord, You bless the teachers who guide both academically and spiritually. Allow Your Holy Spirit to guide them when writing lesson plans and handling parents, peers and especially the children. Give them patience. Give them compassion. Give them understanding. Let Your light shine through them that they may provide a safe place for our children to learn, grow and make mistakes. Let the children see You, Jesus, in these teachers.
I lastly pray for the parents, Lord. Give them a zeal for You, that the children see You at home just as much as at BCS. Give parents knowledge about scheduling extracurricular activities and helping with homework. Give them wisdom in guiding, teaching and disciplining their children to walk to Your ways.
Thank You Lord for another school year. Let it be pleasing to You.
In Jesus’ name,
In a few weeks, it will soon be time to refocus from summer sun and sand to school. And what better way to make the shift than introducing families and students to this year’s new theme?
“Build Each Other Up” comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and was chosen by this year’s 8th grade class (the graduating class for the theme year).
“‘Build Each Other Up’ was chosen this year in part because it is an important part of every Christian’s faith journey,” said middle school teacher Mike Buteyn, who went through the selection process with the class.”The students thought it was important to focus on a theme that ties us together and helps us understand that we are not alone as we grow in faith. We grow each day by challenging and supporting each other.”
In addition to the yearly theme, the school also highlights monthly verses which relate to the theme. These verses are incorporated into chapel times, and classroom teachers expand on them throughout the year.
“Devotions is a key time when I talk to the 7th graders about the theme each year, along with chapel and unity groups and tying it into our general studies and day-to-day interactions,” Mr. Buteyn said.
This year’s verses include the following:
MAIN THEME — I Thess. 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Encourage (Aug./Sept.) – Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Love (Oct.) – John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Respect (Nov.) – Matt. 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Forgive (Dec.) – Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Serve (Jan.) – I Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Show Humility (Feb.) – Phil 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
Speak Kindly (Mar.) – Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Pray (Apr.) – James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Grow (May) – Col. 1:10 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
How can parents help at home?
“Ask how your student helped build someone up during the school day or week,” said Admissions and Marketing coordinator Jill Baker. “Memorize the monthly verses as a family, model building each other up in your family and in our community. It’s something we want to spread beyond the walls of BCS.”
According to Mr. Buteyn, parents need to help reinforce the theme by helping their kids understand it’s not just something to be valued during school time.
“Finding opportunities to tie this into sports, church, youth groups, music groups, family, will help this be meaningful in life rather than just at school,” he said.
Students and staff will each receive a t-shirt with the theme verse and design at the start of the school year to wear on school spirit days and out in the community. A limited number of shirts will be available for sale through the school office while supplies last.
“This theme reminds students that we are here to work together,” said Principal Kevin Vos. “We live in a society that is often focused on ourselves and attempting to further our own success at the expense of others. This theme serves as a reminder that we are called to be different in the midst of the world in which we live. While we can still achieve individually, it should be in cooperation with others and in the context of working together.”