Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Prayer for Children Leaving Home

Each day, I receive a prayer from Beliefnet. Today's prayer really hit home for me. So here it is for all those who have children who have left for college, work, military, marriage, or wherever God has led them.

It is time to let go,
to stand back and watch
as the young leave home
and go out into the world
on their own.
Bless them, O God,
in all their endeavors,
in their successes and failures.
Guard them from all harm and evil
and make them strong to resist temptation.
Lead them in your paths
that they may be the builders of life
and not destroy your creation.
Teach them your ways of justice
that they may care for the well-being of all
and not for their needs alone.
Guide them in their search for truth
that they may praise you in all they do.
Let them trust the love of family
to support them in their time of need,
to care for their hopes and dreams,
and to love them, no matter what comes.

- Vienna Cobb Anderson

Source: Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts" © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.


Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

This is such a great prayer. I feel like it will be a long time (Soooooo long) before I'm at this stage in life, but I know it will get here before I know it.
Thanks for posting!

Sherill said...

I remember one day when Steven was just a baby that I was at a gathering and nearly started crying thinking that he would grow up and leave me. And I remember someone saying, "If you're lucky!" And I still remember Phillip telling me he would never leave me and if he did he would move in next door.

The years fly by quickly!

Anonymous said...

My eldest son has just left home for University and we feel ssoooooo lost with him no longer in the home. His younger brothers and siter are crying daily and I find it hard to console them when i feel the way I do. We pray daily together to seek strength. This pray has helped me to realise I have not lost my son, but he must make his own path in life as a man.