a blog for teachers who follow the Master Teacher
Join us for our second sore knees challenge, a week before the throne, starting today and ending next Wednesday, January 6.
Our focus this week is on the new birth we have because of Birth. Birth sings the song of freedom over us so that we can sing the songs of assent to the Great Reversal. It lights the path of peace for us as we join in the song for a new day. Let’s praise Yahweh together as we sing freedom, assent, and the dawning of a new day over our students and colleagues.
What you see below is an entry in our teacher lectionary. Each entry lists ideas and passages to inspire your lifting. The four sections of our lectionary include:
References are linked to passages. Other links will take you to songs.
Praise be to the Child who was born.
Be merciful to me a sinner.
Remember that I am but dust.
You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
I intercede for my students and colleagues
Remember that they are but dust. Be gracious toward them and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
“O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.”
With Mary I pray, “I am Your servant.
May it be to me as You ordain.”
Like Zechariah and Elizabeth’s child,
may I become a preparer of hearts for the Child.
Let my words and deeds shine with Your glory.
Like Hannah I give back to You what You have given to me.
I enter my school and classroom blessed to be a blessing.
With Anna, I go forth to tell all who will listen—
student, colleague, friend, family—
about rescue, the fullness of the empty, and the dawning of a new day.
From “The Gift of Gifts,” The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett (ed.), The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975.