Family Faith

Family Prayer Time

Prayers to share as a family

Prayer for Families at Christmas

Loving God,

During this holy season of Christmas,
we ask for your blessing on all families.
Let Mary’s openness to your wonderous ways
be an inspiration to place all trust in you.
Let Joseph’s courage provide hope
during times of anxiety and uncertainty.
Let Jesus’ life ignite all families
with a spirit of light and love.
May the grace that encircles the Holy Family
widen to embrace all families.
For this we pray.

Amen.

A Prayer for Joy

With the start of this third week of the season of Advent, we are halfway to Christmas.

Lord Father, what was dark is getting brighter, and joy is on its way. We can hardly wait to rejoice and sing at Christmas. With the wonder of the season push all our sadness and sorrow away, so we start to feel that special feeling of Joy that the coming  of your Son brings

Father in heaven, help us hear again the voice of John the Baptist crying out in the desert. Help us make straight the pathways of our own lives so that those paths lead to eternal life with you.

God above, do good and avoid evil is so easy to say, yet so hard to put into practice. Be with us in each and every moment of each and every day so that we remain blameless and worthy of your coming.

Help us, Lord, not to dampen the joy of others. Remind us this week to rejoice always and to pray without ceasing.

Holy Spirit, guide us so that our lives may be testimony of the wonders and the love of God, so that others might believe through us.

Amen

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Prayer For Those With Disabilities

Loving God,
     You make each living person in your image and likeness
          And present us as a gift and seed of love to the human race.
                 We praise you, Lord, for all of your gifts.
                       Lord, we see you in all those living with disabilities
                             And give you thanks for loving parents
                                Who welcome and nurture them
                                        Even in the face of obstacles or rejection.

Guide our hands to build access and welcome
      Guide our minds to understand
             the power and wisdom of human vulnerability
                    Guide our actions to create communities
                          Open to the gifts of each individual.
                                May we understand that your body is incomplete
                                          When people are left behind.
                                                 We pray through Christ, Our Lord.
                                                          Amen

Dealing with Imperfection

Lord, we’re often very quick to see
         the faults in other people,
      but very slow to notice our own faults
Let us be honest enough to see ourselves
       as we really are – a mixture of good and bad –
                  just like the people we often criticize.
Teach us, Lord, to be less critical of others.

Developing a Spirit of Adventure

Lord, teach us how to live each day
     with a spirit of adventure, curiosity and wonder.

Let us constantly seek out
      new things to learn,
                new people to meet,
                        and new and interesting things to do

Help us to accept, Lord,
     that if our lives become dull and boring,
            it’s because we allow them
                   to become dull and boring

Inspire us to take responsibility
     for living our lives to the full.
    

Feeling Dread

We tend to fret about
      all the “what-ifs” in our lives.

Lord, don’t let us constantly worry
      about what tomorrow may bring.

Remind us that many of the things we dread
        end up never really happening.

Let us learn to simply trust in your help
      and always firmly believe that you will
            give us the strength to deal with tomorrow
                 When tomorrow finally comes.

Feeling Worthy

Lord, there are times when we feel
         unimportant, unworthy, and totally inadequate.

When we feel this way, please step in
     and restore our self-confidence.

Lift out spirits, Lord,
     and help us to feel good about ourselves.

Love us when we find it hard
           to love ourselves. 

Speaking up for beliefs

Lord, give us the courage
       to stand up for what we believe in.

May we never be intimidated
       into keeping quiet about
             the things we believe in – 
       Even if others disagree with us
             or even try to belittle us.

For those who are Sick

Lord, we ask you to give strength and comfort
to all the people who are sick and suffering.
especially to the small children who are ill.
 
Take away their fears and their pain. Lord,
       and bring comfort and healing to them.

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