With the schools going back this week, I have found myself praying a lot for teachers from both natural and church family – and for several teachers who would like to be teaching, but cannot! For grandchildren, both natural and church, (someone suggested the phrase “Godgrandchildren” – I like it!) who are going to new schools, colleges and courses; those with new teachers and subjects; those who like Matt’s Theo have learning difficulties, and struggle with any sort of literacy or numeracy; those who face bullying or other social problems.
Then I’ve just read of initiatives to help prisoners, half of whom apparently have a reading ability of only 11yrs or less, to improve their reading skills. I learnt that 20 to 30 per cent of offenders have learning disabilities or difficulties that interfere with their ability to understand or cope with the criminal justice system. Quite a thought!
And then I remember that achieving primary education for all children everywhere is the 2nd of the 8 Millennium Development Goals to attempt to halve world poverty by 2015, the target being, that by that date, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. Surely only prayer is going to bring that about! It’s International Literacy Day on Thursday 8th Sept. so let’s pray that the hundreds of events being held that day will raise greater awareness of the 69 million school-age children worldwide still receiving no education, and that creative resources will be provided to meet that need.
A teacher friend just recently found herself as an ambassador from the UK speaking in Vietnam to a privileged group of young people at their leaving service from their privately-funded secondary school. Completely unprepared, she had to wing it, and found herself exhorting them that the most important lesson of all in life to learn was to “Love their neighbour as themselves”
And let’s remember what it says in Proverbs 2:6-9 For only the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.
Or from the amazing Message:
And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plain-spoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones. So now you can pick out what’s true and fair, find all the good trails! Lady Wisdom will be your close friend, and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion. Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you. They’ll keep you from making wrong turns, or following the bad directions of those who are lost themselves and can’t tell a trail from a tumbleweed,