As you embrace adulthood, you come to realize what your parents mean. You look at their lives and study the ways they taught you. You find yourself copying their actions and motions.
As they age, become ill and die we are left knowing that part of them loves on in us. It may be in the way we walk or laugh. It may be in the way we cook or think. One can only hope that you learned something for their lives. Of course Parents are not perfect. Some of us may have never even known our parents. We still have a hand in our lives that gave us support, or guidance. This prayer is for them too.
“Lord, I surrender to you my family. Lord Jesus, I pray for my parents. Though you blessed them abundantly, today they are in need of your help. Give my parents joy and strength. Fill them with your strengthening presence. Lord, give them real thirst and hunger for the Holy Spirit and for the Word of God. Give them health in spirit, soul and body.
Even though they may feel that all the trouble they took for their children are being wasted, help them to see the great reward waiting for them in Heaven. Help my parents to forgive themselves and forgive everyone else.