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.

-Author Unknown

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