Pause + Pray

Joys and Challenges of Family

father and son laughing together.


Family relationships can be the most joyful ones we have—but they can also be the most strained. May this prayer aid you as you integrate the good with the bad in these intimate relationships.


Holy Trinity,
You exist in community
and have mercy on my imperfect attempts
to live and love in family life.
Thank you for the gift of family.
I pray that even when it is hard,
I will choose patience, gentleness, and self-control
in the relationships you have given me.
May I treat my loved ones with grace today.



Make a point to practice intentional gratitude for your family members today through speaking affirmations, sending a card, or journaling a list of thanksgiving.

Shannon K. Evans

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