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Prayers for Cub Parents

Parents’ Prayers

O Heavenly Father
Make me a better parent.
Teach me to understand my children,
to listen patiently to what they have to say and to answer their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting or contradicting.
Help me to be as courteous to them as I want them to be to me.
Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule.
May I never punish them out of anger or spite or to show my power.
Help me, Dear Lord, the meanness in me.
And when I am out of sorts, help me to hold my tongue.
May I be ever mindful that my children are merely children and that I should not expect them to have the maturity and judgment of adult.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to do things for themselves or to make their own decisions.
Help me grant them all reasonable requests and give me the courage to deny them the privileges that I think may be harmful.
Help me to be fair and just and kind, O Lord, so that I will earn their love and respect and they will want to imitate me.
This is the supreme compliment.
Amen

Lord

Thank you for this sink of dirty dishes, we have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable last night.  I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty toilet; they are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged fridge that needs defrosting so badly; it has served us faithfully for many years.  It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today.  It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful for that long grass that needs mowing, the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.
Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming door.  My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says you have richly blessed my family.

I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.
Amen

He’s just a little child, God,
This blue-eyed Cub of mine.
Take his hand along the way,
Help him be square and to obey.
Bless all these busy Cubs, dear God!
Grant they true Cubs may be -
For if they follow all Cub rules,
They won’t stray far from you.
Bless all, dear God, who guide them,
Crown each effort, noble, true -
Sustain the good Cub parents
They need your blessings, too!