Loving God, we thank you for the gift of learning and we know how sacred of a privilege it is to have the opportunity to be educated. We give thanks for the ways in which students of every age are challenged to grow in the pursuit of knowledge, but also that being a student means more. We give thanks for the teachers called to walk alongside students helping them to grow in character, experience, wisdom, relationships, and self understanding. Even as we value education as sacred gift, and recognize the importance of academic pursuits, we know that neither students nor their teachers are merely the sum of test grades or achievements. We celebrate academic success with great joy. But, we remember that the value of each student and each teacher is that You have created them and love them more deeply than any of us might ever imagine. In the turn towards summer, full of transition, stress, chaos and hope, we ask that you draw near to each student and each teacher to remind them that you are with them in each and every moment along the journey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.