December 2018 College Prayer Points
Inhale. Maybe it’s just the season of life I’m in. An “in-between” age of sorts. Sigh. Funeral homes and meal trains have been my constant companions. And quite frankly, my own mortality has been staring me in the face, and it has a few new wrinkles.
With the holidays upon us, I’m reminded of people going through firsts, and lasts—some without even knowing it. I am keenly aware that this is the last time I will have a college son “come home for Christmas break.” My senior (did I really just type that?) graduates in May. Starts his new career in June. And gets married in July. I’ve been blessed that both my boys were only 80 miles away at college, so getting home in between major holidays was no big deal. But there was always something special about those long breaks. Unfortunately, his older, graduated, now-adulting brother will not be home at all this Christmas. Exhale.
And so, it begins. The end of the things we used to be able to count on–just like breathing. It seems just a few Christmases ago, while I was pregnant with my now senior and wrangling a toddler, that I took a breath from my wrung-out days by lying in front of the fireplace, in the dark, when everyone else was in bed, with over-the-ear headphones on to knock out all other noise, and listened over and over again to Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven.” It was, and still is, like a “healing balm.” It helped me catch my breath at times I felt like I couldn’t, or at times where life sucked the breath right out of me.
I am finding as I get older, I need to be more present in the moment I’m in and not always thinking about the “next thing” or what all I need to “accomplish” and “check off my list.” Life is happening right in front of me. It’s the little moments that make up the memories.
- What do we need to savor this Christmas break while our college kids are home?
- What can we celebrate?
- What do we need to let go?
- What question could we ask them that would help us pray more strategically next semester?
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Catch your breath. Hold your breath. Mumble under your breath when you must. God has got this. The good, the bad, the ugly. The beginnings, the endings, and everything in between. I pray for you the breath of heaven, to hold you together, to lighten your darkness, to pour over you His holiness, for He is holy, breath of heaven. Breathe in the moments. 
December College Prayer Points
• Where your prayer sheet says Teachers/Staff: paste the department of the week. Pray for the unsaved and saved administrators/staff/professors/students in that department using the two scriptures listed, respectively.
• For the Specific Requests: pray for things pertinent to that department. You can always pray for favor for Christian professors and students and a renaissance of Christian thinking.
• Where your prayer sheet says School Concerns: paste the next three items which are categorized by ways to pray Campus Concerns for 1) administration 2) students/campus ministries, and campus issues, and 3) the #everycampus movement we are supporting in prayer this year.
Dec. 2-8: Journalism, Advertising, Marketing, Mass Communications Departments. 1) Custodial staff and building maintenance staff 2) Protection from depression, anxiety, suicide during finals. 3) #EveryCampus: Pray for the final push to the launch at winter conferences and Urbana.
Dec. 9-15: Philosophy Departments 1) Professors during finals and over break 2) students’ health, rest, family relationships over break 3) #EveryCampus: Working out all the final bugs and technical issues in launching the website.
Dec. 16-31 Merry Christmas Break: If you have a Christian student home over break, visit the www.everycampus.us website together and talk about how they could prayer walk their campus when they return to school and how you could support them in those prayers. If your student is not a Christ follower, engage them about the spiritual atmosphere on their campus, listen, and pray.
 https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/amy-grant/breath-of-heaven-marys-song; based on lyrics from the song “Breath of Heaven” written by Chris Eaton and Amy Grant.
Past college newsletters:
- November 2018 – Looking Beyond
- October 2018 – On the Far Side of Answered Prayer—A Testimony
- September 2018 – Embracing #Every Campus
- May 2018 – Full Circle. Prayers Answered
- April 2018 – Getting it in Gear
- March 2018 – Don’t forget the professors
- February 2018 – The Collegiate Day of Prayer—February 22nd
- January 2018 – The Door That’s Always Open