Web site tribute to Rachel and Justin
by Karen and Jonathon Andell
JONATHON'S PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE RAISING OUR SON:
We thank you, O God, for the blessing of children to love, both the one in whose honor we gather today, and the one now in Your care. We pray that you will help us to be worthy of the great responsibility which we have pursued so hard and for so long, and which now You grant us at this hour.
As with every other human, You have bestowed upon our son great potential for kindness, intelligence, beauty, and happiness. At the same time, You have challenged Justin by granting him his share of every person's potential for much less.
Please help us as we endeavor to guide him toward the paths of goodness and life. Help us, we pray, in our feeble attempts to achieve the delicate balances faced by all parents:
O God, we know that these challenges are far beyond our meager abilities to achieve perfectly. Therefore, we pray that you will be there to help us. Please, God, let our flaws and mistakes never bring harm to our son or shame to You. Please let it be Your will that he grow strong, and that he enjoy a long and happy life. And if You will forgive one request of terrible selfishness: please God, please, when our times on earth are over, let our departures be mourned by a son of whom we are justifiably proud.
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