A Parent’s Prayer
 
     They are little only once, Lord. Grant me the wisdom and patience to teach them to follow in your footsteps and prepare them for what is to come.
 
      They are little only once, Lord. Make me take the time to play pretend, to read or tell a story, to cuddle.  Don’t let me for one minute think anything is more important than the school play, the recital, the big game, fishing, or the quiet walk hand-in-hand.  All too soon,Lord, they will grow away and there is no turning back. Let me have my memories with no regrets.
 
Please help me to be a good parent, Lord. When I must discipline–let me do it in love, let me be firm, but fair; let me correct and explain with patience.
 
They are growing away, Lord. While I have the chance, let me do my best for them. For the rest of our lives, please Lord, let me appreciate them without possessing them.
 
 
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