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By Charles Wagner, founder of Gramazin,
72Stories, Gramazin Prayers for the World


#594 - Estrangement from Children
Volume 2 - Prayers to Love Our Neighbor

Dear Father, I am estranged from my child. I haven't heard from or seen them in a long time. This is a nightmare. My heart is broken every hour of every day. My child hates me. The memories of better days in the past are crushing to me. While I try not to torture myself by reflecting on happier times, I cannot stop thinking about them. Are they ok? Are they in trouble? Are they enjoying love? Are their needs being met? Are they safe? Do they miss me at all? Do they have even a spark of interest in reconciliation? Are You working in their life? Have they abandoned you? Father, there are moments when I feel bitterness towards them. How could they be so ungrateful? How could they be so cruel? I need the fruits of the Spirit more than ever. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Gentleness. Goodness. Faith. Compassion. Empathy. I need to confess my rebellion from You and repent. I need to surrender my life to You. You will then transform my heart and I will be in a good place to reconcile with my child. Father, forgive me for what I did wrong in the relationship. Help me to ask forgiveness of my child. Help me to reach out to them and let them know of my love. Help me to understand their side of the story. Help me to convey that I will welcome them back to the family with a big smile and open arms. Father, I ask for a miraculous healing in our relationship that I can celebrate. In the meantime, please take care of them. That's what parents do. I trust You to be the substitute parent for me. Amen.

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