Heavenly Father,

Our grandchildren’s parents are busily preparing for a new school year, purchasing clothes and last-minute school supplies, arranging carpool and planning lunches. Some breathe a sigh of relief, thankful that routine will soon return to their homes. Others wipe away tears, as their children, our grandchildren, take another step toward independence.

Today, we pray for these dedicated parents. Please ease their minds as they sort through the gamut of emotions they are experiencing. Let them know that they can cast their anxiety on you, because you care for them (I Peter 5:7).

 Protect them from becoming enslaved to overly busy calendars and unrealistic expectations. Give them the ability to discern what is important and to cast off as rubbish the things that are not. Encourage them to embrace the adventures, challenges and opportunities, which await them. And help them encourage our grandchildren to do the same.

May they “forget what lies behind (the old school year) and strain forward to what lies ahead (the new school year), let them press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.