Thursday, August 4th, was the first day of school for our school district. With the new school year beginning, I felt it important to share with everyone what one student in Arizona has written as the “NEW School Prayer”, because our students in the public schools are no longer allowed to say:
The Pledge of Allegiance
The Lord’s Prayer
This student has written a very touching and timely prayer. Everything this student says pertains to everything the kids face in their schools today.
Turn on the evening news and you hear of several school districts in financial trouble, whether they are located here in the Mid-South or somewhere else across the country. The politicians are saying, raise taxes, the schools need more money. The school board is saying the same thing, but the taxpayers are asking, why is it always up to us to foot the bill for every single thing that is proposed by the city, county, state or even federal governments?
The Founding Fathers left England for religious freedom AND to escape the high taxation being imposed upon them by the English King. Well, with the government we have now and the amount of debt that has been piled up over the past 4 to 6 years, aren’t our children and grandchildren going to feel the same oppression felt by our ancestors? It’s up to US, to stand up and say enough is enough.
We MUST put God back in our daily lives, that means in our homes, in our children’s schools, in our workplaces AND in the halls and conference rooms of our governments. I know almost every courtroom still has the witnesses to stand with their hands upon the Holy Bible and swear “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help them, God” or some form of that oath. We still have “In God We Trust” upon our money (for now), so why are we not standing up for our children when they want to pray. If there happens to be one kid there whose parents are offended by the pledge of allegiance, or a morning prayer, or if the child itself is old enough to speak up and say they don’t want to participate, then he/she should be able to leave the room or sit in the office or somewhere where he/she can’t hear what the other students are saying. Don’t stop the entire school because one or two refuse to participate! This was outrageous when it was started, and it is still outrageous.
Whether those folks realize it or not, you can NOT remove prayer from the schools completely……as long as there are going to be tests in school, we WILL have prayer in our schools! I know that for a fact!! My favorite was, “God PLEASE help me remember what I studied last night! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!” Whether everyone realizes it or not even THAT simple phrase is a prayer!
Until next time, God BLESS each of you and your families and keep our children safe this school year, Lord, and help them to learn all that You would have for them to learn!