“And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Genesis 2:22 – 24
Lord, family is so important to us and to you. And knowing our role in the family takes Your wisdom in dealing with life’s little changes. I pray for my husband, Father God, that as our family grows into adults and starts to learn what it is like to fit into added parts of family, that you will help him to understand that it in no way takes away from him as their Dad. Help him to understand that, as we grow older, we are equipping our adult children for living life without us by understanding the separations that are happening today.
I pray for release from guilt when we are not in our own parents, siblings, or other family gatherings when we are invited. We may not all be together each holiday, but our hearts are together. We may not have the traditions that we once held dear, but there are new ones being made. We may not all go to the same church or bowl on the same teams, but we are still family and we love and cherish each other.
And, Lord, help our families to understand that our absence is not because we don’t love them, and that we pray for them even in our absence. I pray, Jesus, that where there is unresolved conflict, that God would step in and soften hearts. Where there is unhealthy dependence or distance, that You, Lord, would help to create healthy, appropriate boundaries. I ask, Lord, that You give my husband grace and wisdom as the peacemaker and “wise one” in the family. And help me to support him in all things.
In Jesus’ Name,
Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 11:29