A Teacher's Prayer

Rev. John J. Walker
The Joyful Noiseletter, Nov. `93

God grant you a towering wisdom
to impart all blessings of education.
And when your wisdom fails like a $1.79 transistor radio...
God grant you an awesome understanding to accept
the young scoundrel who tests your eminent intellect.
And when your understanding is tricked and side-tracked
into babbling bewilderment...
God grant you the serenity of divine grace to forbear.
And when your grace is threadbare and an alter-ego imp
whispers the delicious promptings of retaliation...
God grant you a magnificent strength to endure.
And when the last ounce of strength drains pitifully away,
and it is scarcely 2:00 p.m. on the opening day of school...
God grant you the blessed breezes of good humor
to bring the whole, hopeless mess into a new and delightful perspective!



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