She's five years old ... so little and innocent ... her sweet face lighting up with excitement and eagerness when you mention "school" to her.
Please let her teacher be kind and loving and patient, God. Let her teach her little ones more than just their ABCs and "numbers." Let her create a bright and cheerful classroom for them, and encourage their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Let her remind them of The Golden Rule, as they learn to interact with each other, and teach them kindness and compassion and the social graces that will enrich not only their school days, but their every day lives, too.
I will be there with her in spirit today, and so many things run through my mind -- will she be scared, or shy? Will she be hungry, or thirsty, or tired? Will she be happy and make new friends easily? So many changes in her little world.
Please hold her close and watch over her for me, God ... today and always. Amen.