As August begins, our community refocuses on one of its greatest strengths — education.

We know it brought and keeps many of us here. We love our schools and are proud of the education our community provides.

Our educational successes are spurred on by many individuals that make the school system work at every level. But fundamentally, it's the classroom teachers that provide the most impact.

It reminds me of an interesting verse that Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:8: "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."

This verse reminds us that teachers not only teach with their words, but have the most impact through their relationships. They share their time, energy, wisdom, values and families with our children.

We all remember who our favorite teachers were. Their impact came from not just being skilled communicators and great classroom managers, but from developing a caring relationship with us. That impact often comes from the "life" lessons they teach us. They are the lessons taught between classes and in private conversations.

Sometimes, it's in how they made us think. More often, it's in how they made us feel. It's the daily, consistent practice of love by teachers that provides the stability needed for students to learn.

Dear Father God,

Please bless our teachers this school year.  

Please give them revitalized passion and energy.  

Please bless them with abundant resources. 

Please give them sharp minds, caring spirits and humble attitudes.  

Please protect their children as they take care of our children.

Please give them insights into each child they shepherd.

Please give them supportive parents and administrations.

Please give them the willingness to see their students the way You see them.

Please give them the willingness to see themselves the way You see them.

Please give them the strength to make it through the difficult days.

Please help them celebrate the breakthroughs.

Please surround them with encouragement and love.

Please inspire them to be great examples for our children.

In Jesus name, Amen.

So, thank you teachers!

As you prepare for the upcoming school year, know that you are being prayed for. Know that we realize that you have a huge impact on our kids. Thank you for sharing your lives with them.


Jeremy Walden is pastor of Mosaic Family Church, a nondenominational church in Auburn, and teaches Family Communication at Auburn University.

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