V

1 August 2017

May you grow up to be righteous
like your Father who is in heaven.
May you grow up to be true
and full of Wisdom too.
May you always know the Truth
and be surrounded by the Light.

May you have a strong foundation in Him
(He is the Rock of Ages)
unmoved when the wind changes shift.
May you always be courageous,
stand upright, and be strong.
May your will be His and it be done.

May your hands always be busy
doing your Father’s work.
May your feet always be swift
to do His will alone.
May you always bless others
and find favour with them too.

May you build a ladder to the stars
and climb on every rung.
May your heart always be joyful
and your song always be sung.
And may you always know
how much we love you so.

May God bless you
and always keep you.

-adapted from Bob Dylan’s Forever Young

IV

31 July 2017

A prayer for care.

Lord, tend to the spirit of your son
as intimately as you filled him with the breath of life.
Lord, tend to the body of your son
just as you molded his flesh, his belly, and his bones.
Lord, tend to the heart of your son
that he may have your heart, for you are his father.
Lord, tend to today for your son,
but please tend to him first for the sake of your love.

Luke 7:37, 38; John 13:4, 5

I

25 July 2017

Be strong and courageous
like the Cuillin that stands
against raging skies and angry seas.
Only do not search for strength within,
do not take a hoe to dig for courage in you:
the Cuillin knows,
strength and courage is found only in our God.

Joshua 1