A prayer for our family

 Heavenly Father,
you have placed in us the care
of each other and our children.

Give us the strength and patience
to cope with the many ups and downs of family life.

Grant us the grace to be deeply thankful
for its many laughs, joys, and blessings.

Let our children come to know of your love
through our love for them.

Help us as we try to make ours
a home where love dwells,
a home like that of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Nazareth.

When we fail each other
and when we hurt each other,
soften our hearts
so that forgiveness and reconciliation
comes quickly and easily.

Protect our home, Lord,
and let it flourish in your light
and in your love.
Amen.