The Purging Lutheran is going through my books to donate away and I see that I have a lot of these devotional books. I worked with Miss Maureen and Miss Kelly with the four year olds at my church preschool. Four year olds are the greatest … if they’re on your side otherwise ya gotta ‘duck and cover!’.
Teacher devotionals are popular gifts at Christmas time. Those and coffee mugs filled with Hershey’s Kisses or home-made cookies. Society would fall apart if not for stay-at-home moms. Who would be left to make treats for Christmas parties, offer to help during art time or buy easy-to-zip coats for their children when north winds blow? Answer: No one. Dads, aunts and grandpappies can be oblivious to the needs of their wee bęrn mostly because they don’t want to spill their coffee. But moms? They rock!
Moms also buy teachers devotionals for the staff as gifts. It’s never not a good time to pray for teachers to stay on the straight and true when teaching kids to squeeze glue bottles, doling out funny hats or making sure each child gets the same number of Goldfish at snack time. While teachers are blessed for so much love from parents it gets me to wondering if anyone publishes devotionals for other career paths? Is there a prayer book for astronauts (safe liftoffs AND landings, Lord)? Howzabowt for those who drive a semi-tractor-trailer truck (clement weather and sturdy tires, Lord)? Or accountants (make my numbers add up, Lord)? Maybe the oft forgot foot model (please, Lord, no bunions)? And even the lowly tightrope walker (no gravity, please, just while I’m doing my job, Jesus)?
Fortunately for me I don’t have the time to look them up. What I can say is that there are no shortage of prayers being uttered in the names of those in all careers. They come from loved ones and prayer groups throughout His Church. Every Godly thought for all persons, no matter their vocations, are prayers for their safety and abilities to do their jobs well. You know what I’m tokkin ‘bout. You hope your daughter drives home safely after visiting. You pray for your son when he goes out for the evening. Your thoughts go out for your spouse to reach home without incident. If you focus on your family first then you will naturally start to include others outside your sphere of influence. Pray for the goodwill of your neighbors. Always pray for your local government, police and first responders that they perform their duties in a Godly fashion. You know what I’m tokkin ‘bout.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.