Gratitude for Family

Gracious God, there are so many who live alone in this world without family to encourage them, listen to them, support them. Yet, you have blessed me by placing me within a human family that gives depth and meaning to my life—a family that offers me love no matter what I do or do not do. Fill my heart with the gratitude that never takes such a blessing for granted. When I am thoughtless or careless in my relationships with those you have given me, give me the grace to ask for forgiveness. When I feel hurt, give me the grace to forgive and forget the wrong. In times of joy with my family, give me a heart of gladness. In times of sorrow, give me a heart of compassion. May we offer each other the same love you give to us as your children. I ask this with a thankful heart for all that you have given me. Amen.

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