Prayer of Thanks for Teachers in a Pandemic Year

Thank you, God, for teachers
whose work this pandemic year
has made such a difference
in the lives of students and their families.
For the way they showed care and concern through a screen;
for hours spent adapting lessons to an on-line format;
for the way they made learning fun;
for the keeping track of every student,
even the ones that didn’t show up;
for the extra mile they went for those kids
whose parents were working
and couldn’t monitor on-line studying;
for the encouragement they offered
to parents at the end of their rope;
for their tired eyes and backs from leaning in;
for the times they despaired but kept going;
for the way they risked infection
when we didn’t know much about this virus;
for the hope they showed in hard times;
and for their belief in the specialness
of every child they taught.
Bless them with a restful summer,
where they can relax and rejuvenate
and reflect on a school year
that was truly an education. Amen

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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