Each member of our family comes with strengths and abilities, dreams and hopes, and enough challenges to keep kind and helpful. This week I have been so blessed as folks have adjusted schedules, made family a priority, and practiced patience and kindness and generosity in ways that bless us all.
Here is my prayer for families everywhere:
King of Kinds, Lord of Lords, Spirit of God, we thank you for the abundant blessings of this day, as families gather to worship You. Sometimes they get to do this in the same town or building, but other times they are separated by great distances. But in You we are all a part of Your Kingdom and bound together in You. Today we remember families embracing rites established to help us remember that the simplest things are often the most important. So for folks being baptized, marrying, burying, worshiping, and communing at your table we ask your blessings on the events that bind us together as your people, as family of birth, law and choice, and in truth, hope, and love. AMEN