A Prayer for Students
Walter S. Reuling, 1998
Gracious Heavenly Father, we gather
today in thanks and appreciation
for colleagues, for this beautiful campus, for our students, and
We thank You for those golden young
persons in our care who are easy
to love, those who look, think, behave, and value just as we do.
rewarding and energizing and encouraging and uplifting they are to
and we're grateful for their presence with us.
Heavenly Father, we also thank you for those students who are
like us, who have not yet found their way, who are lost and abused
sometimes damaged -- who are unattractive, who come to us with
direction, little or no motivation, often lacking in purpose
self-esteem, and usually with preferences and values quite foreign
those we now hold.
Father, these, too, are Your children and this is our mission.
are who we once were and indeed a small part of who we now are as
relate to authority, to competing pressures of family life,
leadership, to a world of changing values, to strange and
ideas, to life and work as it really is.
Lord, give us the compassion, the resolve, the strength, the
and the wisdom to make this work - to do Your work in this,
We ask this in Your Son's name.
-- Given at an August 1996 faculty meeting by
Walter S. Reuling (LWC provost 1992-97,