I just had to share this amzing prayer from Rev. Meg Riley, minister Church of the Larger Fellowship. Too often our schools seek to make children "normal" rather than letting them be themselves. We are homeschooling our daughter this year in part because we do not want her to experience bullying because her family is different. We are excited about the journey and yet very sad that we don't believe our child would be safe at middle school. My prayer is that one day all our children, in fact all people, will be valued for their uniqueness.
A prayer for school children who are different
For those who are different, or who feel different—
Who learn differently, think differently, feel differently,
Who look different, whose faith is different, whose family is different,
Whose way to connect is different, whose way to dress is different,
Whose faith is different, whose place to live is different,
Whose sexuality is different, whose gender is different,
Whose culture is different, whose language is different,
Whose favorite foods are different, who loves different smells,
Whose body looks different, or works differently
Whose values and beliefs are different--
Do you see that different is just a word?
May you be freed from its poison.
Different: Just an idea laced with fear,
Don’t let it scare you.
A word expressing lack of imagination by those who use it to judge,
Don’t let it limit your own.
They can’t see that difference is the very essence of life,
The opposite of different isn’t normal; it is death.
Don’t let their sharp thorns kill your true self.
As the school doors open again,
May you walk in safety,
With all of your unique loveliness intact,
Knowing you are loved by people who haven’t even met you yet.
People you see and don’t see,
Your closest friends and family, and people who will never meet you,
All hold you in our hearts.
We need every bit of you as we walk our own different paths.
As the summer days end,
May you find the long days’ bright light
Shining in your mind as you learn.
As you go out on this crazy river, this life
Where you will navigate choppy waters, take new turns,
May you know in your bones you are never alone.
As you search for a place of ease and comfort,
May you know in your cells that it lives within you.
And that people who love you are everywhere smiling.