Each morning in my classroom, we listen to the morning announcements. We say the pledge, and then there is a moment of silence. I don’t know if my students pray, but I sure do. At the start of the year, I prayed for the children; now, I pray for myself. Each morning I pray that the words I speak to the children that day will be kind and caring and will guide them in a positive direction. I changed my prayer because, believe it or not, some of those sweet little babies were wearing on my nerves, and I had found myself having a little edge in my voice that I did not care for at all. The daily prayer has made all the difference.
In today’s passage, Jesus talks about the things that defile you, pointing out that these things come from within us, from our hearts. We are bound to fail; we are bound to have days when we miss the mark and things that are not of God come out of us. However, with Jesus, we can turn these days around; we can change the things that come from our hearts. Small changes, like starting with a prayer and taking a deep breath, can make all the difference.
The Way of Peace Prayer: Jesus, I choose to follow your Way of Peace. Lead me to one person that I can love, give hope, and bring your peace today.
Blessings – Kristyne