As I sat in church this morning and listened to the teaching, there were a few things that stuck to my heart. As our Pastor addressed the terrible situation of Newtown, Connecticut he said something that was profound. Profound in the fact that it was something that hadn’t crossed my mind.
Our Pastor talked about what WE could be doing during a time that is too hard to put in to words. What WE, as parents of children who attend school and daycare, could be doing to help.
I think when tragedy strikes on any level, WE, as children of God look for ways to show love.
The thing that he said today? He said to be prayerful.
I know that seems simple. Pray. We all know that we should be praying. But have you ever wondered what specific things to be praying for? I hadn’t.
Most of my prayers consisted of praying for the people affected. Give them strength to make it through and fill their hearts with peace. Give them faith to rely on the Lord. Surround them with love.
And although he said to pray for the people affected by the Connecticut shootings, he also said something that hadn’t occurred to me.
Be praying for the leaders who are in charge of the safety of our children. Pray for wisdom.
To me that meant to be praying for my children’s school leaders. The principals. The superintendant. The teachers. The daycare workers. The babysitters. The people who I entrust my children to day in and day out.
Pray that they have the wisdom to put safety policies and procedures in place so that, God willing, if this situation ever struck my child’s school they would be prepared.
Maybe I am the only one, but I hadn’t been praying about this. Not even after the horrific shootings in Newtown. I prayed for my children and for Jesus to keep the safe. But I never specifically have prayed for the leaders and staff who are in charge of keeping them safe.
The ones who lead our children on a daily basis need our prayers. So the next time you go to pray maybe this is something you could pray for too?
*Special thanks to one of the people I entrust my children to frequently, Hannah – our babysitter. She brought the sweetest gifts over for the boys last week.