This is a different type of post, but today my heart is still heavy for our fellow Louisianans not far from where we live. As you may have seen, a torrential and lengthy rainstorm caused massive flooding in south Louisiana. It reminds many of the devastation caused by Katrina in 2005.
We are heartbroken over the loss of our people, homes, and cars. Even though a house is considered a “thing” by all noun-teaching teachers, we all know that losing a house is like laying a piece of a person to rest. It’s a good thing the memories don’t leave us when our things do.
But in the midst of the chaos, there are students who need to be in school and teachers who need to teach. Unfortunately, many schools have been wrecked by floodwaters.
We’d like to take some time to ask for prayer for the leaders of school districts. There are many issues at hand. They need wisdom and guidance to know how to face the loss of school property. How do you begin to fix schools when the employees themselves have personally lost everything? What happens when your student population dramatically drops because families have been forced to move elsewhere?
I don’t have the answers, but I do know a God who does. I definitely don’t want to diminish the call to pray for our people. But I also don’t want to forget about the school systems at stake.
A prayer for Louisiana (adapted from Isaiah 61):
We proclaim the year of your favor, Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God. We pray that you will comfort all that mourn. We ask that you give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that you might be glorified. And may they build the ruins; may they raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
Please raise up leaders who will walk in honesty and wisdom, and provide our people with the resources they need to put their lives back together and to educate your children. Thank you, Lord!
Susan Dewees, Ed.D. is an administrator at a large middle school. She also served as a Turnaround Team Coordinator for a public school district in Louisiana. She has 20 years of experience in public school education, and special education is one of her specialties.
Erin Stokes, Ed.D. is a Title I Instructional Coordinator for a public school district in Louisiana. She has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and instructional coach. She is also an adjuct professor at Louisiana College. She loves students, teachers, and most of all--learning.
Becky Pippen, Ed.D. is currently serving as principal of a large middle school in Louisiana. She has over 20 years experience in educational leadership. She is passionate about improving the teacher workforce so that all students have the quality of instruction they deserve.