Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Prayer for Grandparents

Lola and meSince 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated as National Grandparents' Day. Marian McQuade from West Virginia wanted to raise our nation's awareness of the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped that grandchildren would turn to their grandparents to learn from their wisdom.

In honor of grandparents and their grandchildren, here is a prayer that grandchildren can use to bless their grandparents.

A Child's Prayer for Grandparents

Dear God, please bless my grandparents.
Thank you for the life they gave my parents
and for the life they give to me.

For the ways they helped me and made me strong, I give thanks.
For the ways they love me no matter what, I rejoice.
For the ways they have paved the road
that leads me here, I am grateful.

Let them grow in wisdom and joy in life.
Let them find peace and rest from their work.
Let them be healed of every sickness and pain.
And let them see with their own eyes
the glory of your Son, Jesus,
in the love of their children and grandchildren.

Bless them always until they come to rest in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright © 2005, Diana Macalintal

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