Prayer For Our Sons

We are thankful for you!  We get to do this with you!  And with deep respect 
and humble hearts we pray the following prayer for you... and us 
as we raise you for Him and for all eternity.

A Father Prayer by General Douglas MacArthur (May 1952)

Build me a son(s), O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough 
to face himself when he is afraid; 

one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son(s) whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son(s) who will know Thee ?and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son(s) whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, have not lived in vain.

Warmly, Carolina Mama and Boulder Mountain Man :)


MountainMan said...

That really sums it up. What an awesome prayer, thanks for posting it!

Smelling Coffee said...

This is beautiful! I'm so glad you shared this, and I will be praying this for my son, too!

Love you, my first blog friend! Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving weekend!


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