Thank you, Lord,
for a new semester.
Thank you for providing the means for me to study
in a community of fellow learners.
Sharpen my mind,
so that I can learn to think clearly and critically.
Melt my resistance
to new ideas that are good and right and true.
Calm my anxiety,
as I face an overwhelming list of assignments to complete.
so that I can embrace the task of learning with joy.
Help me to take one day at a time.
Open my heart
to those around me,
so that I can form deeper friendships.
Make me a blessing
to my fellow students
and to the faculty and staff who serve us.
Create here a community
in which transformation can take place
to carry out the work you have planned
for us to do.
Above all, may we glorify you
through all we say and do this semester.
For the honor of your name,
Thursday, September 8, 2016
a college student's back-to-school prayer
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.