It is back to school time in our parish, so this week, we offer a way to remember that God goes with you, wherever you go. You can split up the prayers over your school supplies into several days, or do them all at once as you pack your bag for school. God bless you during this season of growth!
You can purchase a neat back pack tag to color here: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/gods-got-your-back-backpack-tags?variant=8219534065762
I added this prayer to the back:
O GOD, please give me PEACE when I am nervous, FOCUS when I am distracted, and ENERGY when I am tired. Let me know you HAVE MY BACK everywhere I go. AMEN.
Here is the file that you can edit for yourself: Back of Back Pack Tag
BACK PACK BLESSING
O God, bless these backpacks and the children and youth who carry them as they begin yet another year of school.
- Give them peace when they feel nervous, focus when they feel distracted, energy when they feel tired.
- Open their minds to the lessons they will learn both in and outside the classroom.
- Help them to make friends that build one another up, and be friends to those who need them.
- Guide them in making good choices as they grow in wisdom and maturity.
- Be ever-present with them in the classroom, on the school bus, on the playground, and at home.
May they feel your loving care in all they do. Amen.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES BLESSING
O God, please bless my crayons, colored pencils, and markers. As I add color to my work, help me to know that the gift of creativity comes from you. God of mercy, hold me in love.
O God, please bless my pencils and pens. As I write numbers and letters, words and sentences, help me to know that the gift of knowledge comes from you. God of mercy, hold me in love.
O God, please bless my erasers. When I make a mistake and have to start again, remind me of your unending offer of forgiveness to all who belong to you. God of mercy, hold me in love.
O God, please bless my paper and notebooks. Help me to remember those who do not have paper for their own, and to treat what I have as a precious gift from you. God of mercy, hold me in love.
O God, please bless my binders and folders. As these tools seek to hold the work I do, hold me in your love. God of mercy, hold me in love.
O God, please bless my backpack. As I carry it to and from school, and from classroom to classroom, help me to remember that there is nothing that I have that you can’t carry. God of mercy, hold me in love.
(add your own specific blessings here)
O God, please bless my year as a student. Bless my classmates, teachers, aides, and all who help me to learn and grow. Give me a spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, a spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen.
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