Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giving Bread & Eggs

With few exceptions, North Americans believe that our children need a good education. Too often, we have responded by pressuring our children and their teachers with high-stakes testing. Yet, what children need most are learning experiences within the context of welcoming, loving, and compassionate relationships. Children learn best when they are free to creatively explore without fear of being marked as a failure by external tests.

God of Relationships & Hospitality, May we give children the bread and eggs they need and ask for, rather than fish and scorpions. Give us the wisdom to trust Jesus’ example of compassion and hospitality as we interact with our children and their teachers. Amen.

Rev. Tim Graves
Portland, Oregon

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