School prayer

While the issue of school prayer in the United States continues to exercise the minds of politicians, lobbyists, and parents, several communities are sidestepping the rhetoric and the controversy and cutting right through to the essence of prayer. Each week hundreds of thousands of mothers of many denominational backgrounds (plus some dads, grandparents, and other relatives) meet off-campus to pray for the students and teachers in their local schools. On the eve of another school year, we chatted with several of these mothers.

Sue Bush has a son in fourth grade, and a daughter in seventh grade. She told us: "I consider my prayers for the children more important than anything else I do! In our group we pray for blessing on the students, teachers, administrative staff, and all other workers in the school. We pray for wisdom in their decisionmaking; for energy for teachers —especially at this time of year; and in general for the academic and social needs of our children.

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