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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pray for Families (Gifts of Peace, Joy, and Love)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

I awoke this morning with that “Oh no!” feeling that comes with the realization that I forgot to remind all of you for pray for families yesterday.  Raise your hand if you remembered any way!  J  Let’s see if years of Pavlov conditioning has helped!  ;)   But then I smiled when I realized that the reason I forgot was that I was busy enjoying my family—all day and late into the evening—a lived out prayer.

So slow down and make your family time a prayer to Him.   Make special memories with your family that will eclipse any old hurts or disappointments.  Make this a Christmas where you experience the joy of the Holy Family.

Yes, in joy you shall go forth, in peace you shall be brought home; Is 55:12

I will leave you with a prayer a good friend sent me.  (Thank you dear friend!)  She must have sensed I would need some Simply Inspired Prayer support over Christmas.   Pray it now and on through to the Epiphany.  See if Peace, Joy, and Love then descend upon your family.

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, in the midst of difficulties you experience the caring love of Mary your mother and Joseph your earthly father.  Look favorably on our family.  Protect us when we are troubled.  Let us care for one another, believe in one another, and hope in one another.  Increase our faith in each other and in You when doubts arise. Let us hope in Your support when we feel threatened by despair, and love each other boldly in those times when we feel hurt.

Mary Jesus gave you to us as our mother.  Intercede for us.  We desire to be a Holy Family modeled after your family.  Love us and care for us, your children. 

St. Joseph you protected Jesus from the evils of Herod and you provided for Jesus and Mary.  We ask you to protect our family and help us in our need by your powerful intercession.  Amen.                                        
Courtesy of the Capuchins

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Peace, Joy, and Love,
May they be your gift at Christmas,


Send the gift that keeps on giving.  Pass it on.