Last year I posted this and it consistently gets the most searches and views…..this year I’m down to 2 in high school finals and one is doing it for the last time. (next year I’ll be back to 2 doing finals…..sigh)
This morning I checked my grade 12’s room and found lights on, clothes everywhere, books and papers strewn across her bed. I don’t even know if she slept or for how long. This is what was on her desk: an assortment of melon peels, half a cup of really strong coffee, gummy wrappers and at least 3 ice cream revel sticks. Food for thought? I guess so.
You have given wisdom to those who seek knowledge and you have blessed us with strong, healthy minds that hunger to learn. Bless my children this day, and this week, as they see the fruits of their labours culminate in the writing of exams that are designed to test their knowledge.
I pray that you would guide them to study those areas most important. Help them to discern wisely what time they spend on each subject and when it is necessary to put the books away and just rest.
I pray that as they sit at their desks, with pencil in hand, that you would give them pause to breathe, to concentrate and to recall all that they have learned.
Help them to not be flustered or panicked. Give them sharp minds and clear focus. Sharpen their memories and give them the right words to lay out on that paper to answer the questions before them.
I pray that you would bless the work of their minds over this past year and that all of their late nights, long projects, boring reading and difficult questioning would not be in vain but that you would multiply what they already know into good marks for solid effort.
Give them peace about finishing and handing in their completed exams , knowing that they did what they were asked to the best of their abilities. And help them to shake off any concerns or worry so they can focus on the next.
And Lord, bless their summers, that they would be renewed in mind and body and challenged for the next years’ work.
And bless all those who are graduating and writing for the last time. I pray that they would be filled with humility at all that they have learned and understand that this has been the groundwork laid for what is to come but not the end-all and be-all of their lives. Bless all that they do~that they would use their gifts, talents and knowledge to bring Glory to Your name and no other.
In Jesus’ name,