Bringing God into School Days

Sometimes bringing God into kids’ school days is simpler than we think: When my brothers were in elementary school, they walked to school with a bunch of neighborhood kids. Every morning before they left, my parents would meet them at the front door to hand out lunches, give goodbye hugs, and say a brief prayer asking God to be with them throughout the day. After a week or so, some of the neighborhood kids started knocking on our door early, hoping to get there in time for our prayer. Before we knew it, we had a group of kids gathered on our doorstep every morning, praying for their school day! Most of these kids were not religious; few had ever really prayed before—but they loved these prayer times. This simple act became a meaningful way that our family shared our faith with neighbors, just by doing what we already did as a family! And more than that, it taught me and my brothers how we could be an influence for God, a light to the world: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Sometimes we underestimate the power of simple godliness and daily prayer—their power to influence our children and change our little corner of the world!