A Parent's Prayer
I pray that I may let my child live his own life
and not the one I wish I had lived.
Therefore, guard me against burdening him
with doing what I failed to do.
Help me to see his missteps today in perspective
against the long road he must travel,
and grant me the grace to be patient
with his slow pace.
Give me the wisdom to know when to smile
at the small mischiefs of his age
and when to show firmness against the impulses
which he fears and cannot handle.
Help me to hear the anguish in his heart through
the din of angry words or across the gulf of brooding silence.
And having heard, grant me the ability
to bridge the gap between us, with understanding.
I pray that I may raise my voice more in joy
at what he is, than in vexation at what he is not,
so that each day he may grow in sureness of himself.
Help me to regard him with genuine affection
so he will feel affection for others.
Then give me the strength to free him
so he can move strongly on his way.
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