Heavenly Father, thank you that you speak to us through your word. Please help us to listen to you and soak it deep into our lives through the power of your Spirit. Thank you for the encouragement it has been to be meeting together with the students again this year, and we ask that you will teach our hearts to love you and cling to the things you love. Thank you for Christ our great champion, who redeems us even though we have fallen short of your glory. Help us to bask in your grace freely given to us and not be crippled by guilt and shame. Direct our hearts ever to him, the author and perfecter of our faith.