Prayer/Reflection, OCPS Faith-Based Advisory

JimCoffinBy James Coffin (April 18, 2013)

Let us pray:

We collectively reach out this morning to that Wisdom and Power which transcends all that’s human.

Because we care about the children in our community, we want to ensure they each have every advantage we’re able to provide.

Orange County Public Schools has recognized that faith-based entities represent a great resource–which has largely remained untapped. It’s to find effective ways to harness this potential that we’re meeting together as faith leaders and educators.

Our prayer is that this meeting might be characterized by harmony, by creativity and by a tenacity that refuses to rest until solutions are found and success is achieved.

We would hope that the words of Robert F. Kennedy would be the sentiment of each person gathered here: “Some men see things as they are and say Why? I dream things that never were and say Why not?”

At today’s meeting we want to “see things as they are” only while we’re assessing the challenge before us. Then we want that challenge to drive us to “dream things that never were.”

And may we not only say “Why not?” but may we roll up our sleeves, commit ourselves fully to the task and make the dream become an impressive reality.

This is our prayer.


James Coffin is executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.