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My mother

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).


My mother,
Who is old,
Is slowly dying.

She’s never
Going to say
She’s sorry now.

Help me
To accept this,
To forgive her,

To understand,
And love her, Lord –

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Sister and brother

Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Then he looked around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).



Lord Jesus,

Through your teaching
And example,

Each woman
Is my cherished, precious sister,

And every man
My treasured, much-loved brother.

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Father and mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).


Thank you for my father,
And my mother;

For all I experienced in childhood –
Good and bad;

And for all the consequences
I’ve survived;

For all I’ve learned,
And all I’ve had to overcome.

Through Jesus’ name,


Holy Father

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).


Holy Father,
Sacred Mother,
Blesséd Sister,
Dearest Brother,

Hallowed Stranger,
Precious Foe –
May we love you
As we grow.

Cherished Daughter,
Treasured Son,
We are all
God’s precious One.

Valued Neighbour,
Dearest Friend –
May we love you
Till life’s end.


Thank you

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him (Psalm 25:14; NLT).


Thank you for loving me
Like a mother,

Guiding me
Like a father,

Helping me
Like a brother,

Hearing me
Like a sister,

And for being
My most loyal friend.