Grandparents praying for grandchildren

Pray for My Grandsons

Pray for my grandsons that they make the right choices in life
and that they study hard in order to get a good education.
Please guide Dazan as he starts his first year of
college and away from home.
Dear Jesus, protect him and help him with school.
I also pray that he comes back home
to visit with his family that loves him unconditionally.
Dear Jesus, guide him today. Thank you Jesus.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, Full of Grace,
The Lord Is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus;
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners … now,
And at the hour of our death.

Morning Prayers

Father in Heaven, You love me.
You are with me night and day.
I want to love you always, In all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father.
Bless me through the day.

Jesus, keep me all this day.
When at school and when at play;
May I do the things I ought,
May I hate each evil thought;
Help me love and trust in Thee
Now and through eternity.

I thank Thee, Lord, for sleep and rest,
For all the things that I love best,
Now guide me through another day
And bless my work and bless my play.
Lord, make me strong for noble ends,
Protect and bless my loving friends;
Of all mankind good Christians make.
All this I ask for Jesus’ sake.

Guardian Angel Prayer

O Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day, be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.

Night prayers

Now the light has gone away;
Jesus, listen while I pray.
Asking Thee to watch and keep
And to send me peaceful sleep.
Jesus, Saviour, wash away
All that has been wrong today;
Help me each and every day to be
Good and gentle, more like Thee.
Let my near and dear ones be
Always near and dear to Thee.
O bring me and all I love
To Thy happy home above.

l praise to Thee, my God, this night
For all the blessings of the light:
O Keep me, keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

Angels bless and angels keep,
Angels guard me while I sleep.
Bless my heart and bless my home,
Bless my spirit as I roam.
Guide and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning’s light.

Prayers before meals

Bless us, O Lord,
And these, thy gifts,
Which of thy bounty,
We are about to receive
Through Christ, Our Lord,

For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk alone;
We give you thanks, O Lord.

We thank you, Father God, for the love that binds us, for the food that nourishes us, and for your giving of your Son into our world to save us.

The Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Prayers after meals

Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything.

Accept, O Lord, our thankful praises,
For all Thy goodness did bestow;
May it increase our faith and lead us,
Our praise by godly lives to show;
That every deed and word may prove
We trust and own our Father’s love.

Almighty God, We give You thanks for all Your benefits goodness and graces, which we have received through Christ Our Lord.

An act of faith

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

An act of hope

O my God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Prayer to The Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit, you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit, help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.We ask this through Christ our Lord.

An act of charity

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

The act of contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. And I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell but,most of all, because I love Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.

Our Father

Our Father, who art In heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass Against us
And Lead us not Into temptation
But deliver us from evil

Updated on February 22, 2018

Blake started out scribbling in cards over 30 years ago. Though his handwriting is mostly unchanged, the content has improved.


When a baby is coming, it’s not only the expectant parents who are filled to the brim with joy and excitement about the new addition to the family. Grandparents are sometimes almost as anxious about an impending birth as the parents are, and when that new baby comes, the grandparents are often standing right behind the happy mom and dad, smiling and cooing at the baby over the parents’ shoulder, ready to step in if needed.

If you know any expectant or recent grandparents, they might be tickled by a card. Congratulate them with one of the following congratulations wishes, quotes, or sayings. Decide what type of message will work best for the new grandma or grandpa you know and find suggestions below.

Keep your audience in mind when writing in your congratulations card. Use these general tips for a great baby congratulations:

  • Stay positive
  • Use humor (funny quotes and inside jokes)
  • Keep your message concise
  • Read your message out loud to test how it sounds

Congratulations Graphic for Expecting GrandparentsClick thumbnail to view full-size For Expecting Grandparents

These are examples of what to write to future grandparents who have not yet met their soon-to-be-born grandchild:

  1. I would love having you as my grandparents. You are going to spoil that little grandbaby.
  2. Being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys in life. Being your grandchild will be one of the greatest joys in this new little life that is coming.
  3. Even now, before your grandchild is born, you are a grandparent!
  4. I can’t wait to meet your new little miracle… or should I say, grand-miracle!
  5. God is blessing you with the opportunity to do one of the most fun jobs in life: being a grandparent. We’re so happy for you.
  6. Being a grandparent will make you complete. You’ll be completely smitten with love.
  7. We are thrilled you will be a grandparent, so I can only imagine how thrilled you are!
  8. Grandparenting will make you a different person. Mostly, you’ll just become nicer than you were as a parent.
  9. Grandparenting will take your breath away, and not just because grandchildren can be difficult to catch.
  10. The wait will be worth it when you see your grandchild for the first time.
  11. Your heart will be filled with joy when you first lay eyes on your grand-baby.
  12. Don’t worry if you feel too young to be a grandparent. You’ll need that extra youthful energy to keep up with your grandchildren!

For New Grandparents

These are examples of what to write to congratulate a grandparent who recently gained a new grandchild:

  1. Enjoy your grand-bundle-of-joy!
  2. I know you will be a great grandparent. Congratulations on your new granddaughter/grandson!
  3. I’m wishing your new addition to the family much love.
  4. I don’t know who is luckier, you for having a new little grandchild, or your grandchild for having you as grandparents.
  5. I’m praying for your first grandchild. I know you’ll try to spoil your grandchild to death.
  6. You have a new bundle of joy, whom I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy!
  7. May your new grandchild provide you with love, smiles, hugs, and much entertainment.
  8. Now you have your own miracle that is small enough to fit in your arms.
  9. The arrival of a grandchild means many new experiences for you and for the baby.
  10. Now you can give your grandchild candy and toys that make a lot of noise. It’s payback time!
  11. I would give you some wise advice about how to take care of your grandchild, but that’s your job, since you’re the grandparent.
  12. Every step and event in your life has been leading up to your most important role and calling, being a grandparent!

Congratulations Graphic for New GrandparentsClick thumbnail to view full-size Quotes and Sayings about Grandchildren

These are some common and famous quotes about grandparents or grandchildren that can spice up your message and take it beyond a simple congratulations:

  1. “Grandparents, so easy to operate, even a child can do it.” –Author Unknown
  2. “A grandchild fills the empty space in your heart that you never knew you had.” –Author Unknown
  3. “The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” –Sam Levenson
  4. “Grandchildren are the gifts of yesterday, the pride of today, and the joy of tomorrow.” –Author Unknown
  5. “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” –Lois Wyse
  6. “Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” –Mary H. Waldrip
  7. “Grandchildren: the only people who can get more out of you than the IRS.” –Gene Perret
  8. “My grandfather is great. He’s a great grandfather.” –Chico Marx

Quote PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size Original Sayings

These are original sayings and clever phrases to write in a card to a grandparent:

  1. Being a grandparent is definitely a promotion from being a parent. Not only do you get to tell the parents what to do, but your job is a lot more fun and a lot less work.
  2. Grandchildren are a blessing to grandparents just as grandparents are a blessing to grandchildren.
  3. Grandchildren are the reward for those who have labored as parents.
  4. Grandparents are parents with more experience.
  5. God makes precious miracles. Grandchildren are proof of his good work.
  6. A small grandchild is always big enough to fill a grandparent’s entire world with joy!
  7. Grandchildren are made to be spoiled by grandparents.
  8. Studies show that people who have at least one grandchild are much happier than people who have none. Here’s to more happiness!
  9. No one can spoil you like a grandma!
  10. Grandparents are prone to being wrapped around tiny fingers.
  11. Being a grandparent means spoiling the grandchildren and sending them home with noisy toys and a sugar high.
  12. Grandmothers are the best type of mothers (or grandfathers are the best type of fathers).
  13. Except for their grandchildren, grandparents are the most blessed people in the world.
  14. Grandchildren are grandparents’ second chance at parenting.
  15. Babies bring more life and energy to a grandparents. If they didn’t, then there’s no way grandparents could keep up.
  16. Every moment with your grandchild is a blessing. Enjoy all the little things.

Quotes for a New Grandmother

  1. “When a child is born, so are grandmothers.” –Judith Levy
  2. “A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.” –Author Unknown
  3. “Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother.” –Edward H. Dreschnack

Are Parents or Grandparents More Excited?Who is usually more excited about the new baby? Surprise! You’re a Grandparent!


It is a global reality that truth is under attack like never before in our schools, our political arenas, the marketplace, and even in our churches. Christianity is under assault, and parents and grandparents find themselves involved in a tug of war for the hearts and minds of their children. It is not easy for our grandchildren to navigate in this post-Christian culture. Satan is relentless in his aggressive attack to desensitize our children to truth and righteousness.

This is a spiritual battle requiring spiritual weapons. Our grandchildren and their parents not only need our support, they need our earnest prayers. They need our united prayer, a genuine, unified prayer for our hope and dreams for the next generation to be realized. Jesus declared, “Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree about anything that they ask , it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name , I am there among them” (Matt. 18:19-20).

Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is claiming National Grandparents’ Day on September 9, 2018 as a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. We believe the battle for the hearts and minds of our dear grandchildren and their parents can be won only by praying grandparents who sense the urgency and unite to do battle in prayer.

In the past, united prayer has always bridged the gap between a great need and a great awakening! Our grandchildren and their parents urgently need our unified prayers. Let’s be a community of grandparents uniting in prayer for our families.

CGN would like to invite all praying grandparents to join us to come before God’s throne of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need for our grandchildren and their parents.

You can get involved in one of two ways.  You can commit to 30 days of prayer on behalf of your grandchildren, or you can volunteer to organize and host a GDOP event.  Scroll down the page for details.

Grandparent/grandchild relationships exist along a number of dimensions: association, affect, role meaning and significance, and exchange. Significantly, the quality of the relationship along these dimensions is often mediated by the middle generation. Just as it is true that a parent only becomes a grandparent because of the actions of his/her child, it is also true that the strength of the cross-generational relationship is dependent on attitudes and behaviors of the middle generation. Adult children who maintain close ties with their own parents provide the norms for strong links between grandchildren and grandparents.

The frequency of contact between grandparents and grandchildren—the associational dimension—depends on a number of factors. Primary among these factors is the geographic proximity of the two generations. Frequency of contact is higher for those who are proximate; interaction is highest for those grandparents and grandchildren who co-reside and lowest for those who are separated by the greatest distance. Although declining proportions of grandparents live in the same household as their grandchildren, the overwhelming majority of older parents live close to at least one of their adult children and opportunities for contact are high. Studies have shown that interaction between the cross-generations are highest when the grandchildren are young and dependent, presumably because of the intervention of the middle generation. As grandchildren reach their teenage and college years and strive for independence, they are less likely to be in frequent contact with their grandparents, but that pattern is reversed as they reach adulthood and establish their own families. At the end of the twentieth century, patterns of association between grandparents and their grandchildren appeared to be curvilinear.

Despite the physical distance that separates many grandparents from their grandchildren, the affectual or emotional bonds between the generations remain strong. Differentials do exist in the degree of closeness, including whose perspective is recorded, the gender of each generation, and the feelings of the middle generation. For example, grandparents are more likely than grandchildren to report that their relationship is close; studies conclude that the older generation has more at stake in perceiving intimate bonds. But grandchildren of all ages consistently report the warmth of their affection for their grandparents. Gender also appears to be important; grandmothers, and particularly maternal grandmothers, have the closest relationships with their grandchildren. Traditionally, this finding stems from the special kinkeeping role of the woman in the family. This is also connected to the importance that the middle generation plays in establishing and maintaining the closeness of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. Because mothers and daughters tend to maintain closer ties as they age than do other family dyads, they foster closer ties with the next generation.

Grandparenthood is a significant and meaningful role for older persons. Research findings consistently show the high levels of satisfaction and pleasure that older persons derive from their grandchildren, and the salience of the relationship is something that is reciprocated. In past centuries, the grandparent was likely to be a figure of authority, based on the economic and social interdependence of family members. But the twentieth century, with its emphasis on independence and autonomy, produced a person more comfortable with a companionate role than an authoritarian one. Nevertheless, grandparents play many different types of roles for their grandchildren, including that of historian, mentor, role model, and surrogate parent. And they carry out these roles by assuming a variety of grandparenting styles, some remote—those who see their grandchildren infrequently and whose interaction is mostly ritualistic; others companionate—those whose focus is on leisure-time activities and friendly interactions, and yet others who are involved—those who take an active role in rearing their grandchildren.

Despite the ideal of independence and autonomy in early twenty-first century families, there is a high degree of obligation and exchange among the generations. Many types of aid flow between the bonds of grandparents and grandchildren. Each generation both gives and receives, depending on life stage, health, and economic circumstances. Significantly, each generation expresses the belief that it has a filial obligation to the other to provide various types of assistance. Instrumental or physical aid includes assistance with chores, financial assistance, and caregiving. Most often, grandparents offer financial help to and babysitting for their grandchildren; in return, grandchildren, when they are old enough, perform chores for their grandparents. Emotional or expressive aid consists of nurturing, social support, and friendship, important commodities that flow both ways throughout the life of the relationship.

At the close of the twentieth century, a new focus on two ranges of exchange emerged. The first was on custodial grandparenting—where grandparents became surrogate parents for young grandchildren because of some catastrophic circumstances surrounding the middle generation, such as death, illness, divorce, drug addiction, or incarceration. On the one hand, studies report that the caregiver grandparent, most often the grandmother, tends to be more stressed, socially isolated, and generally less happy than other, noncustodial, grandparents. But recent research points out some of the more positive effects of the role such as the satisfaction of bettering the life of a grandchild. On the other side of the exchange spectrum is the growing recognition that long life brings the increased likelihood that a grandparent will spend a part of his/her final years in some degree of dependency. Grandchildren are part of the family constellation or the support convoy that may be called upon to offer assistance. Studies show that once they reach young adulthood, grandchildren not only accept their “grand filial” responsibility in theory, but practice it, in fact. Older grandchildren report that they provide both instrumental and emotional aid to their dependent grandparents.

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