First day of school photos are usually adorable but one mother’s photo is going viral for what her kids are doing in the face of tough times.
On August 5, Jamisha Harris, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, snapped a photo of her three kids, on their first day of the school year at Idea Bridge Academy.
But it was not your ordinary photo of kids smiling, posing for the camera or getting on the bus. It was a photo of the children, Eugene, 10, Jorden, 8, and Emily, 7, holding hands with their heads bowed as they said a prayer.
On a Facebook post, Jamisha captioned the photo, “Dear God, This morning I’m feeling nervous and a little unsure but thankful, I pray for my children on their first day of school. I ask that this school year you would use every person and every experience and every lesson to shape them into Your image.”
The beautiful photo that tagged at the hearts of many went viral after it was picked up by WAFB Channel 9, who shared the photo on their Facebook page.
“This is awesome. We need more of this in our world today. Their parents definitely raise them right.” one commenter wrote.
Another person wrote “Good luck to all of you this school year! Great way to start off your school year!”
Jamisha later revealed that the moment of prayer followed a tough year for the family. She and her husband had lost their jobs and their apartment just a day before.
After the recent mass shootings, the family and many other families across the country are still shaken up with the idea of sending their kids back to school this fall.
“It has been very hard for all of us. And with all the tragedies events that have been occurring in the world lately, I feel nothing is safe for my children and we are praying because I am sending my children into this wicked world and mommy is not there to protect them.” Jamisha told Fox News.
In light of this, this mom’s words of prayer are especially meaningful. While the first day of school is a big deal, the mom says she and her family pray every morning before school. “We pray for everyone: teachers, bus driver, friends, family members, we pray for a change and peace,” Jamisha said.
“They may have taken praying out of schools but not out of God’s children.” She added.
After the photo went viral, Jamisha started a GoFundMe page to help the family get back on their feet and find a new home. Thanks to the kindness of people touched by her story, her goal of raising $8,000 has been surpassed and they have currently raised $36,050!
That is the power of prayer for you!