This piece, Do You Pray for Your Child? How to Start, has taken me longer to write than any other blog post I have written. It wasn’t until I wrote about the moment I first realized how the life of my child was inextricably connected with so many other children of the world that the piece felt ready to send to Building Faith.
I find that different styles of prayer help me to stay connected with God, especially when life seems chaotic. The “prayer” section of the blog has several pieces about my prayer practice, including the story of the inspiration for this blog:
Holy God, I pray for all the children in our church, in our community and each and every one around the world. Whether I know them or not, this generation includes future leaders, teachers, caretakers, spouses and friends for my children and their peers. [Bless our children, Lord, bless each one…] May our church be place where ALL children are accepted and loved for who they are, reflecting our commitment to welcome without exception. [every daughter, Lord, every son, regardless of gender] Shelter them from abuse, injury and hunger so that they may grow, unharmed, into the adults they are meant to be. [Keep them safe, O Lord, in Thy care…]
Lord, may your presence be known as they navigate tests, friendships, relationships, technology, difficult choices and busy schedules. [Make them wise, O Lord…] In times of war, in times of peace, when they are in crisis, depressed, struggling, addicted, bullied, abused and hurt; may they know Your unconditional love [make them strong…]. Let Your love grow inside them so that they develop compassion and a desire to serve and care for others [Free to love, O Lord, free to care…]. Amen.
I would love to hear the stories of how Bless Each One readers pray for their children.