Family Conflict Prayer

This Feb 7-9 I participated in Canadian Mennonite University’s Worship and Imagination Conference. There were many highlights,and this is the fruit of one of them. I participated in Carol Penner’s workshop, Prayers for Peace, where we learned about writing deep, specific issue prayers, and were led in a prayer writing exercise on an issue that affects us all.  You can enjoy her prayers at http://www.leadingin I hope you will also enjoy this prayer that I helped compose in a group assignment.

Family Conflict Prayer

God of love, whom we can trust to listen well

We who have quarrelled, come to you today.

We have shouted:

You never listen to me!

You always think you know best!

How dare you?

Or, we have built walls of silence:

Walls made of anger,




We’re so afraid relationships are crumbling away. Please help!

Forgive our sins…as we forgive those who sin against us.

“Gentle Shepherd, come and lead us

For we need you to help us find our way.” Amen

(follow by singing this song, found in HWB 252, or move directly into it.)

 *The group preferred closing with the opening line of the hymn, “Healer of our every ill.” Pick your own, for closing with a song helps deepen one’s engagement with the prayer.


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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  1. Pingback: Sharing about Family Conflict | Faith Bytes: Elsie Spins a Blog

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