Heavenly Father,

Life certainly does not stand still. Graduations are a picture of that. This is the time of year, we teachers say goodbye to children we have cared for since they were on bottles. Sometimes, they are moving up to the next class. Other times, they are leaving our school. It is so bittersweet. Those young souls we have poured our hearts and energy into for however long we had them in our care are graduating from us. Whether we think they are ready or not, they are leaving our little nest. They are branching out into a larger world.

In some ways, we are ready to see them go. So many times, they begin to let us know they need the next step, more challenge, a larger environment to test and explore. In other ways, it’s hard to let them go. They have become our babies, our students. We have invested our lives into them. We know we may not see them again—at least not in the same way. We wonder, “Did we teach them all they needed?” “Could we have done better?” “Will they be OK?” “Will the next teacher be as loving, patient and understanding of their particular quirks?”

Father, thank You for letting us having them for the point in their lives we had them. Let the seeds of love, curiosity, kindness, respect, confidence and trust grow and flourish as they go forward. We hand them off to their next teacher, trusting that You are placing them in their care for the next step. We pray for both the child and their next teacher to continue to build upon what You have instilled in this precious child who is leaving us. It helps to know that You are with them every step of the way. Bless them and their family. As this child graduates from our care and goes forward, may their life be a blessing to this world. Thank You for letting us have a small part along the way.

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“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”(because of our influence)  James 3:1

“…so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach…” Romans 12:5-7

“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  Titus 2:6-8

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