A Hump Day Prayer for Empty Nesters

Good and Gracious God,

There are many of us today Lord for whom the sight…

of a family

a mom

a dad

with a baby

reminds us of how much time has passed since we dealt with

…diapers

…colic

…messy meal times

… and lack of sleep

but we are grateful for those moments and memories

When Father we see a family with teenagers today we remember…

… the hectic pace

… the drama

… the pendulum swings of emotions/closeness

… the celebrations

… the full house

and we give You thanks for Your strength and the privilege (as hard as it some time was) to walk with our kids through adolescence

Now Lord some of us have begun the process called ‘The Empty Nest’

Others of us, are  in the middle of it

Still others of us have watched our kids enter adulthood through graduation, military deployment, and the work force and they have taken wing and off they have gone…

And some of us Lord find ourselves with kids still at home working, attending school, and the process of being an empty nester is ‘yet to be…’

But in the midst of this transitional time, we ask for Your peace, Your grace, Your love to be with our children as they navigate the tasks of early and young adulthood.

Help us be adult parents as we offer support and encouragement often from several hours away…

Help us turn our anxiety over to you as we are often tempted to play ‘helicopter parents’ and ‘fix’ a situation that our kids must learn to fix as an adult

Finally Father

As we enter or are in this new season, we ask for Your presence and help to navigate the issues that are now before us, married or single, as we too, walk into a new season of life…

may it be a hope and grace filled one

may we draw closer to spouses, family, and friends so that we grow as adults as well

may we continue to model faith, hope, and love in You to our kids and their peers

We are thankful for our past as parents, help us to resolve/let go of those situations that we need to resolve and let go,

Guide our path and be our loving God into the future which now lies before us…

We are grateful and thankful

Amen

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