Today we pray for the children amongst us
For their excitement
their new each day discoveries
We are thankful
That for them the shadow of this illness
We pray for schools and preschools that will close today
For those children for whom the school day
Provides a framework for life
Safety and order
Nourishment and hope.
We pray for teachers and carers today
That they may discover the inner resources to remain positive
To keep smiling
To find the words of encouragement
For youngsters feeling frightened and vulnerable.
As the staff and management
Seek to find ways of meeting the care needs
May they be open to your prompting
May their care provision be wrapped in love
May they sense your presence.