You spread out Your hands, as a swimmer spreads his hands in the water, (Isaiah 25:11)
— Yes, You understand swimming, and that delights me.
Let me delight in You as I work with children in the water.
And may You delight in me as I seek to honor You in word, and thought, and deed at swim lessons.
May I see each child with Your eyes, and love them with Your heart —
Even the ones who won’t cooperate,
who splash water in other people’s faces,
who refuse to even attempt the simple things I ask them to do,
who put their heads underwater when I am talking to them so that they can’t hear what I have to say,
who are rude and pouty and unkind —
Because I have been and done all that to You and more.
Help me, Lord, to teach them to spread their hands in the water to swim.
For Your glory.