It is back to school time in our parish, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask God’s blessing on our children as they begin the school year. In church this week, they will participate in a backpack blessing. You can find it on Daily Devos here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/daily-devos-back-to-school-blessing/
What follows is the take-home part of the devotion for the week.
First, gather your school supplies. Have your children help you to remove packaging, add name inscriptions, and pack their back pack. Wonder with them what each supply might be used for. We used the following prayers as we went to bless each set of supplies before it went into their back packs:
SCHOOL SUPPLY 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.
If you want to have a little project to do with your children as well, you can get a really cute coloring graphic here: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/gods-got-your-back-backpack-tags?variant=8219534065762
I am planning to take the back and white back pack tag and blow it up to 8.5 x 11 size. The graphic doesn’t pixallate at this size, and we will hang the completed masterpieces in our front window to welcome our bus drivers back to school, as well.
I know this time of year can be stressful for families; I hope that this simple devotion can help to make it a holy time as well!
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