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The Burden and the Blessings: A Prayer for Those Caring for an Aging Parent

hispanic middle-aged woman sitting on park bench laughing next to her older mother
God, source of all compassion,
I thank you for the opportunity
To honor my parent
By caring for her/him/them
As they age.
 
Grant me the strength
To integrate this caring role
Into my already busy life.

Help me embody your
Abundant love and compassion.
May I always appreciate 
The blessings within this responsibility –
Moments of laughter and love, of caring and connection.
 
Allow me to remember the good in my relationship with my parent.
May we lovingly share our memories.
And may I be patient
At those times
When their memory fails.
 
Support me in finding
Time and space
To care for myself
Even as I care for them.
 
Allow me to hold on to love and optimism
Even as my parent declines,
And may I be at peace at the end,
whenever it may come,
knowing I have done all that I could.
 
Blessed are You, God, who turns the hearts of parents toward children, and the hearts of children toward parents.

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