In the aftermath of a devastating week both nationally and personally, one mom shared an especially heartfelt first day of school photo that has quickly inspired others on social media.
Jamisha Harris, 28, shared a photo of her three children — Eugene, Jorden and Emily — gathered together in prayer before their first day of school, their hands clasped and heads bowed.
Harris told Fox News that their family was going through a challenging time.
She and her husband had both recently lost their jobs and the family had also lost their apartment just one day earlier.
In spite of the challenges they were facing, the mom expressed how grateful she was to have her children safe and alive.
“Dear God,” she began the post. “This morning I’m feeling nervous and a little unsure but thankful.”
“All day every day I think about my children and that I’m not at school with them to protect them if any tragedies [were] to happen,” Harris told Yahoo.
“Because of the recent tragedies that’s been happening all over the world it’s no peace in being a mother because I’m always worried about shooters, bullying, sexual assault … anything that can harm my children.”
“I pray for my children on their first day of school,” her Facebook post continued. “God, I give them to You. And I ask that this school year you would use every person and every experience and every lesson to shape them into Your image, to grow in them, the fruit of Your Spirit.”
The post spread quickly as parents responded to the photo of Harris’ children facing their trials together. As the photo went viral, the proud mother said she just hopes the photo inspires and encourages others.
Her photo was a reminder for many that even in the face of great personal struggle and tremendous tragedy, prayer is always both a comfort and a resource — a quiet but powerful way for ordinary men and women to pursue peace.
Harris told Fox News that their family always makes a habit of praying together in the morning.
“They may have taken praying out of schools but not out of God’s children,” she said.
“With all these tragedies happening the only thing I can do is raise them right and educate them on life and to always pray together.”
“We pray for everyone,” she added. “Teachers, bus driver, friends, family members, we pray for a change and peace.”
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