Dearest St. Mark’s Family,
Every day this week, I have tried to keep the students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University in my prayers. What a wonderfully bizarre and special time to be praying for this big part of our community. The prayer I have used is the beautiful one that comes from the prayer book on page 824.
For Schools and Colleges
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities
and especially Texas State University, that they may be lively centers for
sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find
you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our
What I love about this prayer is the humble wish that schools, colleges, and universities would be “lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom.” Certainly this wish is for the classroom and the laboratory, but I think it also applies for the campus, the hallway, the dorm room, and the occasional trip to Target.
Being a lively center of sound learning is really a good mantra for all of us in a college town. At St. Mark’s we hope to be a lively center of sound learning in our adult formation, our preschool, and even our worship. I hope that every time we connect to St. Mark’s, whether it be a “regular” gathering or one of our many facebook connections, it becomes for you a place of new discovery and the pursuit of wisdom.
When I pray this prayer every day, I have the bobcats in mind, but I also have the little lions of the preschool, and the wisdom schoolers who are little further removed from the days of dorm rooms and late night Whataburger runs. I hope that in this unusual time, we can take a minute to pray for the University to be a “lively center” for learning, discovery, and wisdom… but I also hope that we can claim our role as lively centers for such endeavors in our own lives.
I am so very aware of how our understanding of what constitutes a lively center has changed these days. Middle schoolers are learning to set up home offices, and families have “home-school chapels.” My prayer for all of us these days is that we will continue to create that sacred space in our homes for worship and an experience with the beloved community, AND we will extend that sacredness to our own “lively centers of sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of Wisdom.”
In all of our lively centers and sacred spaces, I hope you never forget…
You are Loved!