I wrote this blessing last year, as we were preparing for the upcoming school year. I know in some parts of the U.S. children have already started back, in others they have a week or more of summer left. Wherever you are in your preparations, may this blessing be a point of light and comfort.
A Back to School Blessing for Parents
As you meet the teachers,
Walk the halls,
Buy the supplies and pack the bags.
As you talk over the change in your routines, and
See your children’s eyes fill with tears or
Excitement or boredom or fear.
As you watch your children closely,
To see how they’re doing, really doing,
With this transition,
May you take the time to check in
With how you’re really doing, too.
May you be gentle with your own soul.
May the energy and excitement
Of new routines, new friends,
New teachers, new subjects
Breathe a spirit of newness in you, as well.
This threshold time is not just for those in school.
May the Holy Spirit speak to you of
Change and anticipation and invitation,
And as she whispers to you
May your heart open in response.
May you know your children’s belovedness as you send them forth.
May you know your own belovedness as you send them.
May it all be love, in the going and in the returning.
May it all be love.