Parenting Prayer

Gracious God, you have honored me with the gift and responsibility of children.  At times I feel inadequate to the task— unprepared to manage the challenges that spring up at every stage.  I am in awe of my children, and of you for entrusting them to me, and I desire to be the best parent I can be to them.  Fill me with patience and wisdom, and give me delight and wonder at the miracle that is before me.  Help me to always remember that despite my own shortcomings or the trials that parenting can bring, my greatest gift is my steadfast love, and my strongest ally is you. I ask this for the sake of your love.  Amen.