Father, I’m reminded of the motto of the United Negro College Fund. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”
There are many who live in darkness. They see no light, no hope, no future. So much potential is wasted simply because people can’t afford a quality education. Give us the strength of character to set aside our political differences and work on solutions to this growing problem in our society. This is not only a government problem. This is our individual and collective problem. You give us beautiful minds to come up with solutions to make the quality of life better for others. We must not let people go without the hope we have the resources to provide them.
There is a growing cynicism we must accept the state of our communities as they are. We do what we can and that is enough. Can you look into the eyes of a person without hope and say, “I have done all I can?”
There are no easy solutions. Give us the willingness and determination to work together, so that no one is left without the opportunity of an education. If we remain satisfied with the way things are nothing will change.
Any person who gives up on life – that is the greatest tragedy.
Kevin Osborne is training to become a psychotherapist, priest and chaplain through St. James the Elder University in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife, Karen, plan to open a counselling practice. Karen is taking graduate divinity studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Kevin is planning on taking additional graduate studies there. He is a member of The Word Guild, a Christian writer’s group in Canada.
Our greatest calling is to be servants of our Lord wherever He calls us to go.