Pause + Pray

The Pull of Family Life

Parent with child


If you have children and aging parents, you understand the daily, intergenerational push and pull of family life. But how often do give yourself a moment to appreciate what you offer?


Dear God, my children need me,
their grandparents need me,
and I need a moment to center myself and breathe.
I’m blessed to be a sturdy branch in this family tree,
but the weight can be crushing.
I pray that I might not break when the winds howl,
but bend and move with it.
Grant that I may know peace when
I lay head to pillow,
and bless those who rely on me.


Share this prayer with somebody who’s pulled in many directions because of family demands. Sometimes a prayerful word can lift a wounded spirit.

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