Many people turn to God through prayer to seek protection, strength, and answers to the problems in their life, or simply just to thank Him for all that He has provided. There is always a good time and place to pray, and that is anytime, anywhere; family reunions, included.
Saying a family reunion prayer is a great way to kick off the reunion by bringing the family together to talk to the unseen member in their family, God. It is also a nice way to conclude the family reunion and bid everyone safe travels. Of course, family reunion prayer is good for anything in between, including mealtime!
Whenever you decide to pray, it’s good to know what you would like to say ahead of time, almost like a speech to God. Of course, you can naturally let Him guide your voice to find the words to say in the moment, but if you are anything like me, you have a hard time saying anything in front of a crowd of people–even if you know each and every person!
Here, I have put together a few prayers for certain times during a family reunion. You may use these, if you wish, or use them as a guide to write your own.
Saying a prayer to commence the family reunion can serve as a family reunion icebreaker as well by bringing the family together to pray to their common Father.
“Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for bringing us together today to start our much-needed family reunion. We asked to be brought close to one another and it was in you that we found the strength and resources to put this family reunion together. We ask that you shine your light unto the family while we rejoice in you, Father, and we thank you for guiding us all here safely, and for making this all possible. Without you, our family would not exist, this reunion would not be happening, and these feelings of sheer joy would not be felt. In Your name, we pray. AMEN!”
God is your provider, and should be thanked before a meal! Here is a nice prayer to say to Him before you dig into your plate:
“Father, we thank you for providing us with this meal while we can all be together enjoying each other’s company. Let us savor this meal while we bask in the light of the Holy Spirit, and feel what it means to be alive, well, and happy with our great family here today. With every bite and sip we take in, Lord, we thank you. In God’s name, we pray. Amen.”
After all has been said and done, what’s the best way to end the fun? With a family reunion prayer, of course!
“Dearest Heavenly Father, it is with the utmost happiness that we are here today, together, praying to you. We thank you for this time we were able to share together, as we cannot do it as often as we wish. One final thing we ask our you at this family reunion is to guide our family members safely on our trips back home, that you embrace us and keep us out of harm’s way. We love you, Father, and thank you again for bringing us together to rejoice in you. Amen.”
No matter what time it is during the reunion, saying a family reunion prayer is both appropriate and necessary. After all, you should be thanking the one who helped to make it all possible: Life, and the family reunion both!
Having a family reunion is a great way to bring family together from near and far. To celebrate bringing everyone together, check out these awesome prayers for family reunions to recite.
Lord, we thank you for our family
For the talents and good things that you have given each of us
Please guide us, protect us and equip us
This day and every day
As we grow together in Your love
God be with our family,
From the youngest to the oldest,
Lighting up our relationships,
Sowing grace into our troubles.
God be with our family,
Weaving love into our work,
Our rest, and our play.
Thank you so much for bringing us all here together today.
Thank you for the wonderful blessing of family.
Thank you for the similarities we have and the differences we enjoy.
Thank you for the wisdom of age and the energy of youth.
Thank you for the way you watch over us as individuals and the way you release your love into us as a unit.
Come bless our time together.
Dear Lord God,
You created balance.
The night to follow the day.
The sea to touch the earth.
All the wonderful animals, fish and birds.
You are the great creator of variety and diversity.
Thank you that you made us all to be unique and reflect your love.
Come draw our family together in all it’s wonder and beauty.
Help us to love and respect each other.
Show us how to support and encourage one another.
Inspire us to work together to become a picture full of your perfect love.
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
For the love that unites us,
For the peace accorded to us this day,
For the hope with which we expect the morrow;
For the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
That make our lives delightful;
For our friends in all parts of the earth.
I want to thank you for bringing us together today to start our much-needed family reunion. We asked to be brought close to one another and it was in you that we found the strength and resources to put this family reunion together. We ask that you shine your light unto the family while we rejoice in you, Father, and we thank you for guiding us all here safely, and for making this all possible. Without you, our family would not exist, this reunion would not be happening, and these feelings of sheer joy would not be felt.
In Your name, we pray. Amen
we thank you for providing us with this meal while we can all be together enjoying each other’s company. Let us savor this meal while we bask in the light of the Holy Spirit, and feel what it means to be alive, well, and happy with our great family here today. With every bite and sip we take in, Lord, we thank you.
In God’s name, we pray. Amen.
Dearest Heavenly Father,
it is with the utmost happiness that we are here today, together, praying to you. We thank you for this time we were able to share together, as we cannot do it as often as we wish. One final thing we ask our you at this family reunion is to guide our family members safely on our trips back home, that you embrace us and keep us out of harm’s way. We love you, Father, and thank you again for bringing us together to rejoice in you.
Here is one example of a family reunion prayer as they joined together in hands and prayer.
A FAMILY REUNION PRAYER
We come today, O GOD, as near strangers
gathered from scattered lives,
from families who no longer live close by.
Be the common thread running throught our reuniting
as we recall and rededicate our ancestors’ memories.
Bless us, Lord, the next generation, as we take our places as the ancestors-to-be.
Bless and guide the young ones, our descendants.
Help us be worthy of their remembering.
Through this weekend of reunion and catching up, embrace us
refreshed, and revitalized
until we once again join hands as family-
A family growing in grace,
Rooted in love.
Family reunions can be some of the best times for many, but for some they are only reminders of the past that they have outgrown and are bitter about. And there are many scenarios in between. If you have a family reunion coming up, take some time and pray about it no matter how you are feeling about it. Family is important and these reunions are sometimes the only chance we get to visit distant relatives. Here are 5 prayers for different family reunions.
I Can’t Wait!
I am so excited for my family reunion coming up! I miss Uncle Charlie and Aunt Betty so much! I pray that we all have safe journeys to this years’ family reunion. I can’t wait for the music and playing bags with my cousins! The memories are so wonderful and each year seems to be better than the last. I don’t take my family for granted and I think that’s why my love grows for them so much. Fred’s laugh is so contagious. I can’t wait to hear it! Grandma’s pies are the best! And grandpa’s stories are so funny! I am so happy for this next reunion, Father. I pray in advance that You would bless it as we spend time together. I love You, Lord! Amen
I am afraid that this may be the last year I see my kids and grandchildren at the family reunion. My health is really deteriorating and I feel You calling me home. Lord, I am ready to come home, but I am also not ready to leave yet. This is so hard, Father. I wish I could bring all of my family with me so they would not grieve when I am gone. Lord, I pray that at this possible last reunion that You will shine the brightest out of me than ever before. I have a legacy I’m leaving behind and I am proud of what You have done to grow our family. My kids love You! My grandchildren love You! I want to hug them all and love on them for one last reunion. So, if it be Your will, please get me to this last reunion healthy enough to love on my family. Blessed be Your name forever and ever. Amen
It’s That Time Again?
You know my heart. I really don’t want to go to another reunion. I love my family, Father, but all they do is argue and it drives me nuts. Reunions are supposed to be fun, but ours always seem to be uneventful and boring. Father, build me up so that I can be Your light at the reunion. Father, I pray for a miracle that we would be able to laugh with one another and enjoy the time we spend together. I really dread these times, Father. Change my heart to want to be there. You have a plan for everything and I pray that You would show me Your plan for my family at the reunion. I trust in You! I love You! Amen
This Is Unbearable
I am so scared and bitter about this family reunion coming up. Dad was never a father to me. He provided shelter and that was it. Mom was never a mother either. The scars of my past are creeping up on me and if I didn’t have kids that loved their grandpa and grandma, I would not go. I am doing this for my babies. My dad loves my kids the way I wish he would have loved me. He plays with them. He hugs them and says “I love you.” I need You now more than ever, Lord. These tears running down my face are nothing new, Lord. I am glad that my kids will never experience the tears that I have now. The unhealthy, physical abuse from my parents has left me jaded, Lord. I need You! I need You! I need You! Give me strength to withstand another family reunion, Father. I love You! Amen
Brand New Horizons
My son is 3 months old today. And as we get ready to travel to our family reunion, I pray that we all would have a safe journey there. I pray for the future of my son. This will be the first of many reunions for him, if it is Your will. Today he will meet his cousins for the first time as well as many other extended relatives out of state. I am excited, Lord! A new life brings hope into this world, and I pray that as our family grows, we will all continue to trust in You! This reunion is always a blessing to me, and now it can be a blessing to my little boy! Bless the years and reunions ahead, Father! I love You! Amen
There are many different points in life we are all at. As your family reunion approaches, give your praises and petitions to God. He is always there. He knows your thoughts and He wants to walk with you in the good times and the bad. May God continue to bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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