Though it couldn't be seen in the photo, the family had lost their apartment the day before and the parents even lost their jobs recently as well.
For most of us, first days of school have always been about the excitement of meeting new classmates and getting to know how the rest of the year turns out to be. They're precious and full of memories, but a photo taken by a mother from Louisiana is going viral because it shows what her children are doing in the face of tough times.
According to Fox News, Jamisha Harris from Baton Rouge shared a photo of her three children -- Eugene, 10, Jorden, 8, and Emily, 7 -- praying before their first day of school on Monday. Jamisha took to Facebook to share the image of her children that quickly went viral.
She captioned the image: 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. 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. Have a great year kiddos 2019-2020 Idea Bridge Academy. The heartwarming photo was later shared by local media WAFB on their Facebook page.
While the photo surely is a ray of hope to many, what it doesn't say is that the Harris family lost their apartment the day before, and Jamisha and her husband recently lost their jobs. "It has been very hard for all of us," Harris told Fox News.
"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 added that the family gets together to pray every morning before school!"We pray for everyone: teachers, bus driver, friends, family members, we pray for a change and peace," Harris said. She added: "They may have taken praying out of schools but not out of God's children." After the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, many parents seemed to agree that a silent prayer would be a good idea.
Nora Brozo commented on WAFB's post: Truly made me shed tears of overwhelming joy that indeed there are families out there who have and are immensely raising their children in Jesus. and overflowing sadness for the kind of world that we are in. See you and your parents in the resurrection morning children of God!!!!
Brenda Copper added: Yes Lord. Hallelujah. This is how you do it. Start your day with prayers. They are at the right age to meet God. Prayers change things. God bless you all. Hallelujah.
Karen Landry Plunket posted: Great way to start the morning! I pray Father God that You're Mighty Angels will every moment of the day protect these children while at school and out in this world! I pray that they will be a blessing and encouragement to other children and adults alike. Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers for all of these children.
Elsie Carr added: Thank you Lord Jesus for your children’s praying for themselves and others.
Jamisha also created a GoFundMe page to help them get back on their feet: Recently this picture went viral and news reports been in contact with me asking me what are we praying for on the first day of school? The day before we just lost our home and our car broke down and my husband and I been looking for work. They have on uniforms but they are from last year. Also with all the tragedies that have been going on in the world, we have to stay prayed up. So now we just looking to get back on our feet and get a house that’s for us.