A prayer for me from the 4th grade class at St. Mary’s School, Middlebury
I have been pondering this prayer today. The 4th graders have really put quite the challenge in front of me: they have hit the nail right on my head, so to speak. Its not so much the thankful words that they offer for my having been named bishop of Burlington although I do thank them in return for their kindness (goodness knows I know myself well enough in my own humanity and sinfulness to not get a big head). Its the other things they ask God to help me do: make me a holy servant, a teacher of the works of the Lord, one who makes good decisions, one who lets my faith spread to others, to be one who comforts. I find myself saying, “I hope so, I hope so.” And so do I I pray as well …
“Thank you God for Bishop Coyne.
May you make him holy as a servant to you.
His character shines even on a cloudy day.
Let him teach us the works of the Lord.
Make his decisions strong and powerful.
Let his faith spread throughout the world.
Help him to comfort those less fortunate and bless the poor in spirit.
Thank you God for giving us Bishop Coyne and let him be a strong bishop of the Diocese of Burlington.”
Signed, Scarlet, Anna, Emma, Wyatt, Opal, Alice, Liam.
Payton, Patrick, and Mrs. Abbot