I had a few posts planned this week, but today’s post isn’t one of them. With the most recent mass shootings, officer involved shootings, and tragedies around the world, I just wanted to share some of the things I pray over all of my children, with today’s focus being more specific in how I pray for my sons…
To my dear sons: I pray for you daily. As I see the officer involved shootings, the crimes being committed daily, the hatred of others because of their skin color, the retaliation, anger and jealousy resulting in death, the hatred and murders of others because of their religion, their sexuality, and so many other things in this world, I pray extremely hard.
I pray that you live out the calling that God has over your lives. I pray for God to help me do everything I can as a mother to show you how to be honest, caring, young men who love and respect others no matter how different their beliefs or life path has been from yours. I pray that you both grow up to encourage others, pray with and for others, help the sick, poor, broken, widowed. I pray that you will never be so angry that you would want to do physical harm and end a life. I pray that you will be strong enough to seek help when needed, take care of yourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I pray that you both will love who you are. I pray that others will love who you are. I pray that you will have friends who rally around you and support you. I pray that you will learn valuable lessons in life and grow in wisdom. I pray that you will both be amazing fathers if you choose to have children. I pray that you will teach these same things to my future grandchildren. I pray that you will be protected and that you will live long and healthy lives. I pray, every single day, that as you walk out the door, or when I walk out the door that it won’t be our last time seeing each other. I pray that no one sees either of you as a threat and that no one would be so angry or fearful of you that they would want to end your lives. I pray that I will never have to bury my children due to senseless acts of violence.
Lord I pray that you would lead us to trust you through all things. I pray that we will be people who love others and live our lives alongside others. Please help us. We need you in these desperate times. Thank you for the protection and covering you have had over our lives. Thank you for family, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ who we can join with in community and stand together in unity. Thank you for your love and the example of how we should love others through your son Jesus. I pray for peace and comfort for all who are reading this. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
“Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” Romans 13:8