A Swim Instructor’s Prayer

O Lord,

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.




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