As we begin a new school year, it is good to remember that God has given us the ability to learn many things and that learning is a gift from God.

The Bible says that Jesus learned and studied, just as our students today.  Whether in preschool or elementary school or junior high or high school or college or trade school or graduate school, opportunities to learn and grow happen at any age.

God bless this new school year, that it may be a time when all students appreciate and fully use God’s gift of learning.

God bless our schools and teachers.

God to bless new classmates and old friends.

God to bless our principals, counselors, and librarians.

God to bless those who prepare our lunches, those who drive us to school, and those who keep our schools clean.

Loving God, sometimes a new school year seems exciting or scary or both. Sometimes school is great, and sometimes it is hard. But we know that whether excited or scared, your Spirit is with those who begin a new school year.   Amen.