A Teacher's Prayer
Let me be just what my students need.
If they need someone to trust, let be me trustworthy.
If they need sympathy, let me sympathize.
If they need love, let me love them in full measure.
Let me not anger easily, but let me be just.
Permit my justice to be tempered in your mercy.
When I stand before them, let me look strong, good, honest and loving.
Let me be as strong, good, honest and loving as I look to them.
Help me to counsel the anxious, crack the covering of the shy and temper the stubborn with a gentle attitude.
Permit me to teach only the truth.
Help me to inspire them so that learning will not end at the classroom door.
Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.
Teach them through me to love You.
O Lord permit me to learn the lessons they teach me.