“Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.” Psalm 34:11-14
Almighty and Eternal God, we come before you as your children, trusting wholly in your generous providence and abundant grace. We thank you for your many blessings, those we have received and those to come. Open our ears and guard our mouths, so that we may hear your Good Word and speak blessings to others. We are your children, Holy Father, for we seek to be merciful just as you are merciful. May the love of your Son overflow through us. In his light may we see light.
Most Gracious and Merciful Father, bless and keep all the little children, for your kingdom belongs to them. Bring them up in the love and grace of your Son. May the world be filled with child-like hearts that have grown to maturity through faith. We ask these things humbly and gratefully, and in the power of your Holy Spirit, for we know your steadfast love and faithfulness will never end. To You belongs the praise and glory; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever, Amen.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15