the father’s prayer…

Good Jesus,
I’ve seen them, heard them, felt them. They’re chasing my children…the black riders. I believe with all I am that this world is shot straight through with breathtaking beauty. But I also know evil rides, often hardest after those so fresh from you, those I love most dear. When they and I were young, I held them close and tight, in brightest day no evil did escape my sight. But we are all older now and they’re roving beyond me, further from the shire, as it is supposed to be. And so I raise a prayer on this father’s day eve, no doubt one your ears know well, one voiced by my father and my father’s father…one I believe you too whispered for your only begotten as he laid his glory down and ventured into blackest night: what grace is given me, let it pass to them.
Good Jesus, when the memory of the fear and darkness troubles them, please be near to them. I beg of you, please. They are the splendor…
Amen.  

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5 Comments

  1. katie on June 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    ditto, jesus. i pray these things for my children too.
    and i know that a parent’s prayer must indeed be near to god’s heart, as he is the ultimate mother and father.
    i hope that i am steeping my little ones in enough god-juice that they will carry the stain and the flavor always, no matter where they go or what darkness pursues them.

  2. gretchen on June 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    As it seems my house has recently gone from one prodigal son to two, I pray this especially fervently. And for the daughter who remains steadfast in her faith? Protect her, Lord, I pray.

  3. gretchen on June 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    And…Happy Father’s Day, PB.

  4. Ruchelle Steele on June 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I believe that “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!” I know the word is a seed which I have placed in my son since he was a child. The Bible says:
    “train up a child in the way he/she should go and it (the word of God) will not pass from them”). I feel so sorry for some children that don’t have Christian parents. They raise their children in a ungodyl environment and do ungodly things in front of them. How sad 🙁 On judgement day those parents will answer for what they have instilled in their children. I have recently heard of a family who was bringing things and people into their home that was so disgusting you would I cannot even talk about! Those poor children are being subjected to a mess. They need prayer.

    So I pray for not only my son, but the sons and daughters of others who don’t know how to be an example to their family. The Lord loves you but you really need to wake up and see that life is not just about how much money or material things you can give your child. It’s about them being overcomers. The only way that is going to happen is with the help the heavenly Father.

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