We pray this day, our God,
for those who love their parents, and those who wish they had parents to love,
for those who treasure their memories of home and those who try and bury them,
for those who have children they love and those who would love to have children,
for those surrounded by children and those who live with absence and grief.
May we all have some deep, rich, abiding sense
of the oughtness to Your creation—
that we ought all have families (by birth or by choice)
whom we love who love us—who take care of us—
that we ought all thus have family memories to treasure and family plans to anticipate—
that we ought all thus have family members to lean on—
that we ought all thus experience and live life as reflection of who You are—
love in committed relationship through time.
We know this not to be true.
It’s not to be an assumed or taken for granted blessing.
And so we grieve with those whose experience it isn’t,
even as we celebrate with those whose experience it is.
And we commit ourselves to be as family—
to and for each other—
and to and for our sisters and brothers around the world—
known to us and not.
May this day bring joyful celebration of the best of what’s been,
rich anticipation of what is yet to be,
and the love of those who walk with us through this and all days.
This we pray in the name of Jesus
walking with us always—