Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Loving, With All of Our Mind

September 11, 2010

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Help us O Lord to love you with all of our mind. Help us to challenge the “facts” we are fed when others would lead us astray. Teach us to ask hard questions, to study our history, to learn from our lapses, and to imagine how our world might be if we followed your message of love, compassion, and self-control.  Save us from demagogues who would narrow our vision with appeals to fear and anger.  Turn us from our eagerness to grasp at easy but false truths. Renew in us a love of learning and a willingness to explore new information and new ideas.  Help us to turn away from false gods and counterfeit promises.  Turn us instead to mercy, to justice, and to a closer walk with you.  Guide us, O Lord.  Amen

Learning For A Democracy

May 31, 2009

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:12

In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2: 7-8

Lord, may our democratic belief that all men are created equal find expression in our public schools.
Let our children be met with both compassion and the challenge of personal accountability.  Let them be safe.
Help our schools provide real mentors who demonstrate character, effort, and a passion for learning.
Help us to fund our schools in ways that in fact give real opportunity to all.
Help us to provide all students with opportunities to learn through art and music, technical training and service.  Help us to preserve our children’s curiosity, expose them to the ideas and history that will help them aspire to lead worthy lives, and also promote the analytical, independent, and rigorous thinking needed to navigate both modern politics and economies.
Let development of our educational policies be guided by leaders whose concern for our children and our democracy outweighs both the comfort of sticking with existing systems and the attraction of personal power.
Guide us, so that our schools might one day fulfill the Jeffersonian ideal of equipping our children to be the guardians of their own liberty, while teaching them to use that liberty wisely, so that our democratic form of government might survive.
Guide us toward justice and wisdom, O Lord, we pray.

Learning and Wisdom

May 24, 2009

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse . . . Pr. 2:12

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding, for wisdom is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Pr. 3:13-14.

Lord, bless our institutions of higher learning.  We thank you for the knowledge they preserve, the ideas they spark, and the spaces they provide for thinking. Help them to survive the economic and political pressures that promote credentialism over more rigorous thinking and constrain a fuller dialogue on difficult issues. Help our country place a higher value on intelligence and education, and use the resources it has to translate research into the solutions our communities need.  Help our students develop a greater love of learning and also strength of character as they study principles, data, and consequences.  Both during their time at school and as they move into the working world, give our youth the confidence to contribute their unique perspectives, experiences, and knowledge, as well as the humility to continue learning. Let them find advisors and mentors who support and encourage yet also provoke new thought and achievement, for we know “with many advisors their plans will succeed” (Pr. 15:22).  Yet let us not forget that true wisdom comes from you. And as our graduates enter the working world, do not let them be discouraged, nor become overconfident, but help them look to you for guidance that they may in finding their own paths help us find ours.