Prayer Life

On this page I will speak to two points.  My "public" prayer life as it relates to me being a role model as a "pray-er" to my students and my personal prayer life.

In my classroom I maintain our prayer corner to the best of my ability changing colors with the liturgical calendar and maintaining a clear and tidy sight path to the cross and the scriptures. These symbols are a comfort to me and hopefully to my students to know that He is with us always (Matthew 28:20)

As school routine we rise each morning, sing O Canada, hear the reading of the Word, and one student a designated grade, will pray.  My class is no exception.  I refer to this on my Teaching the Faith page, but it's worth noting here too that I encourage students to read through our prayer book or come up with their own prayer when it is their turn to pray.  They then choose a prayer they like, print it out neatly and we practice together to ensure they will be confident pray-ers on their chosen day.
Also part of the school routine is to all unite in prayer again at the end of the day to pray the Our Father.

Part of my class routine involves a more spontaneous and specific prayer time. Please read more about this important time near the end of my Morning Meeting post here.

Although my personal prayer life is just that - personal, I did want to mention it here because there are parts of it that I'm willing to share and that I feel contributes to the well-being of my class.

Having a prayer journal, where I jot notes about my daily scripture reading, days events, and gratitude notes has deepened my faith and simply made me happier.  I don't write a lot (most days to my dismay as I love to write and reflect!) but it's enough to keep me grounded and note progress.  You'll see here a fairly simple entry with initials below each.  Those are the initials of my students and I simply rotate them though as a reminder of who to pray for each day. I find saying a quick prayer about or for them shines a new perspective on them as one of God's precious creations (yes, even the difficult ones!)  Many times this nightly practice is all it takes to redirect my attitude to a place of empathy and compassion where hours before in the classroom, frustration and irritation prevailed.

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