Here in Texas it is the first day of school. I’m thinking of all the parents and students who are feeling a bit anxious today. Transitions are hard for most, but especially so when for children with developmental differences. One friend is sending her son off for his first day of school ever. Another friend just sent a photo of her son on his first day of middle school and it reminded me of my anxious nerves when that was my son making those big transitions.
Years ago as I met with his helping teacher the week before school started she asked, “Do you just sit home and worry about him all day?”
I tried to shrug it off. “Oh no! I have part-time job I go to at the church while he is at school.”
She looked skeptical. She knew the truth… that I simply went to work and worried about him there rather than at home.
Was there ever a perfect first day of school? No. Not at our house. But we all made it home at the end of the day and sorted out the new routine. Day by day it got better. So much of that worry was simply a waste of energy. I probably contributed to making my son yet more anxious. Ouch! That is a painful realization.
Jesus offers valuable advice about wasted effort of worry
And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
(Luke 12:25-27 NRS)
Great advice, but I know it is hard to follow at times. And so I offer this prayer for all the folks feeling anxious about back-to-school.
Nirturing God, grant peace to those who are anxious, big people and little people alike. Bless teachers and thank you for giving them the gifts of nurture, creativity and patience. Guide them in uderstanding and welcoming students who are unique. As parents we want good things for our children and want to protect them. Help us to let go of the worry we feel at times of transition and trust in what you have in store in the future. Amen
Rev Doc Lorna
Photo: “Little Boy Holding a Whiteboard” by photostock courtesy of FreeDigitalPhoto.net