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My Prayer For My Kids Leaving Home | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

My Prayer For My Kids Leaving Home

Fifteen years ago, I knelt in a hospital chapel, begging my unborn son would survive the day. My husband and I had a blood incompatibility (PLA1-). Our babies have neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. My body destroys baby platelets in utero. We were going to have a PUBS, to transfuse platelets. It was early enough in the pregnancy that if anything went wrong, he would die.

Before dawn, as I prayed, a lady walked in, prayed in the front row, raised her hands in the air, and left silently. I will always believe she was an angel. I felt like Hannah, begging for a child, and her prayer being answered in church. My prayer that day: God,keep my son safe.

When our teens went white-water rafting, I begged God again. I watched rafting youtubes after the left.  When I saw the crashes, I stormed heaven again. When they made their first ski trip alone, I prayed them through the day. My prayer: God, bring my children home unharmed.

When we went hiking in the Smokies and my teens took a trail without telling us, I prayed. My ankle was sprained; my husband had helped me manage the Laurel Falls trail with a cane. Our kids didn’t want to go at my slower pace. When we got to the top of the trail, they were gone. My husband left to find them on the higher trail, while I sat on a bench, with my cane, waiting till they were found. For two hours, I waited. My prayer that day: God, bring my family back home. That was followed with prayers of God, how do I get back down this mountain if they don’t get back soon and Lord, I gotta go, there is no bathroom, and please help me not wet my pants.

Then they leave on bus trips. I fuss details and tell them survival strategies from my travels. I watch them board the bus and wait until the bus leaves. My prayers have now changed.

Hannah had a son and when the time came, she let him go to serve Elijah. When Samuel left, he heard the voice of God and discovered his calling.

Now it’s my turn. Let go of my children, a step at a time before they leave for college. When they leave now,  they may discover their calling. Their story has become their own, and I’m becoming a background pray-er.

Now my prayer is: Please God, help them hear your call so I know they’ll always be home.

Hopefully that prayer won’t be followed by, Lord, help this middle-aged mama not wet her pants.

4 Responses to “My Prayer For My Kids Leaving Home”

  1. Nancy January 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Sing it loud, sister! I’m feeling it, too…

  2. Charlie Courtois January 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Mary,
    This is a prayer from a mother to her mother above in heaven.

    “The, “Magnificat.”
    My soul doth magnify the Lord.

    My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

    Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid for behold henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

    Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is His name.

    And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him.

    He hath shown in His arm. He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

    He hath put down the mighty, from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.

    Ha hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.

    He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy: As he spoke to the fathers, Abraham and his seed forever. (Luke 1:46-55)

    May the peace of the Lord be with you, now and forever,

    Charlie Courtois

  3. April Hawkins January 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I loved this post and can relate to it all completely! My son is now on his own, lives in Chicago and will be getting married this summer! However, he is still my little boy and I will continue to be on my knees for him and his wife to be. I think I could have invested in a pair of knee pads over the years…been on them alot! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week and blessings from across the river!!


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