“Teach me work that honors thy work” by Wendell Berry


Teach me work that honors thy work,

the true economies of goods and words,

to make my arts compatible

with the songs of the local birds.

Teach me patience beyond work –

and, beyond patience, the blest

Sabbath of thy unresting love

which lights all things and gives rest.


Teachers, at school, at home, abroad: let’s make this our prayer!

Lord: teach us how to teach in such a way that our work honors Your image-bearers, Your truth, Your love for the world. Help us understand “the songs of the local birds,” those children whom You have entrusted to our care – Help us to make our “arts compatible” with the natures and needs of those children and their families – DO teach us patience, without which we cannot tackle the daily  challenges of discipling in the midst of life’s demands – DO teach us, beyond both work and patience, to rest in “Thy unresting love” – May our lives, at home, at school, abroad, be lit with that Love, both to experience ourselves, and also to share with others, Your light –  Your rest. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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