Day 5 – Would You Watch Their Steps?

We can make our plan, but the Lord determines our steps.
– Proverbs 16:9

Lord, three words are on our lips now, in our conversations and in our prayers too, “Back to School.” Our children are picking up backpacks and brand new notebooks, every blank page filled with possibilities, dreamed up at the tip of their newly sharpened pencils. Our kids will have enemies they can see and enemies they can’t, choices to make, truths to discover, lies to reject, friendships, failures, heartbreaks, triumphs. Remind them you’re by their side, Lord.

They’ll climb the stairs on the big yellow bus, which always say the same thing, ‘Watch your step!’ Lord, that is what we pray for them today, that you watch their every step, whether they walk or run, stumble or climb. These are long days and short years, soon enough they’ll be flying from the nest.

These are the years when we have to understand that our children are not our own and that we can’t always go with them, but whether they turn to the right or left, whether they crawl or run, may they hear your voice always whisper, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Father, this year, and every year we pray, “Would you watch their steps?”

In Jesus name, Amen.

– Juvenal Cervantes