This week, I’d like to share “A Prayer to Recognize God’s Presence” because sometimes we just need to stop and realize the presence of God in our lives as Matthew 28:20 notes, “Surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” This is taken from In the Garden: a Collection of Everyday Prayers.
You are always there, God, letting me know You are near, Your voice as soft and steady as a cricket’s chirping. I hear You in Your Word, in my answered prayers, in the concern of others. You are there in miraculous nature, in the ordered world, in the logic of reason. You are there in the right choice, in the appropriate word, in the successful effort. You are there in deliverance from danger, in failure redeemed, in health recovered, in a relationship restored. I am safe and sound in Your presence. All through the night, I can hear Your song in the dark. Amen.
Just as we take grace and comfort in knowing the many ways God is present to us daily, so, too, do I realize the importance of being present to others. The joy and satisfaction of being in the classrooms, the availability of having an open door and stopping to listen, the time to be present at a volleyball or football game, a cross country meet. It is the interruptions that are my job, the relationships, the visibility that matter.
Recently, I observed Mrs. Terri Day’s first grade classroom and they were taking a timed Math test and a practice Spelling test. They allowed me to be present with them and fit right in with what they were doing. It was a joy to be a first grader again! It was a relief to just be present and enjoy the moment! Thank you first graders and Mrs. Day for centering me and letting me see what matters—our students and their learning! (By the way, I aced my exams!)
Dear Our Lady Students,
Are you realizing the presence of God in your everyday activities and in the opportunities that come your way? Are you seeing how God works in the choices you make the friendships you give attention to, the lessons presented? Thank you for being present to others, for listening, caring, cheering one another on. How have you aced being present with God this week?
Mary Ann Bennett
Student Council is sponsoring a service project to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
On Tues., Sept. 29, students may make a donation to wear silly socks, a wild hat or crazy hair.
They donate $1 for one crazy attribute, $2 for two articles of craziness and $5 if they are participating by going crazy with all three—socks, hat and hair!