Prayer for siblings

On Sunday, August 13, Steven L. Williams lead the congregation in a prayer for Charlottesville.

A Prayer for Charlottesville

God who plants us by the water of life and justice,
who stands unmoved with us in the face of violence and evil;
God who hears the cries of the anguished
and cries with us in our grief,

For our siblings in Charlottesville –

For our sister Heather Heyer, her family and friends,
and all who love justice and mourn her senseless death –

For James Fields, Jr., the terrorist who killed her –
may he come to grieve her as we do,
and turn his sword of hate
to a plowshare of mercy –

For the 19 others he injured
while they stood planted against the poison of white supremacy –

For those who drink that poison, believing it to be medicine –
may their hearts break open
to receive the true medicine of solidarity and compassion –

For those among us who speak words of righteousness,
but fear to take action to make them true,
may you grant us courage
and guide our feet on the path of justice –

For those among us who wonder daily
if the beast of white supremacy will end our life,
may you grant us respite in our homes and in this church –

For all who strive for a better world,
may we do so for ALL who share it with us –

Spirit of life and love,
may we always seek justice,
love mercy,
and walk humbly, but boldly, with you.



Steven is the Pastoral Care Chaplain at All Souls and continues to fight for justice and against white supremacy. After the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Steven shared why he unequivocally stands with the value that Black Lives Matter and is no longer willing to sacrifice his humanity to a white supremacist system. Read his story, The Humanity of Difference.

from guest poster, Julie.

Sibling relationships are… unique.

Some consider their siblings to be their best friends. Some have to work hard to tolerate theirs’.

As parents, we want our kids to fall into the first category. We dream of how blissfully our kids will get along and the glorious laughter that will sprinkle their every conversation.

Then one of them inevitably turns two.

Dreams dashed. Toys trashed.

prayer for siblings

Most siblings have squabbles, and then some. As a parent it can be extremely disheartening, ESPECIALLY because it seems to be so far out of our control.

This is where calling out to a sovereign God makes all the difference.

prayer for siblings

But WHAT should you be praying beside the obvious, “Please don’t let them kill each other“???

Here’s some specifics to pray for…

They would appreciate each others’ differences

You know your kids are different than each other. Often, those differences cause the friction in their relationship. Pray that as they grow, they’ll learn to value those unique qualities in each other. When they know how to love their polar-opposite sibling, they’ll be better able to love people in the diverse world around them.

They would support each other through struggles

The sibling relationship typically lasts a lifetime. And every lifetime is going to have hardships. Pray that your children will support their sibling in those rocky times by pointing each other to the Lord and his mercy. Having a friend that has been with you though all the crud of the past and is committed to being there to the end is invaluable.

They would bolster each others’ growing faith

Aside from praying for your children’s individual salvation, ask God to let the siblings be influential in each others’ spiritual lives. I cannot tell you the impact my brother has made on my walk with the Lord. He’s not afraid to ask the tough questions. He sets a HIGH example. He cares and he’s not about to let me throw in the towel on God. I desperately want that same sort of relationship for my kids.

They would get along with each others’ future spouse

It may seem a LONG way off, but your kids are going to grow up and likely get married. Want the sibling bond to remain strong? Better pray that the siblings get along with their new brother and sister-in-laws. My own mother (who’s a ridiculously great lady) would tell me all the time growing up that she was praying my brother would be great friends with my future husband. I’d laugh it off, but now that they are BFFs, I see the incredible blessing of it.

prayer for siblings

It’s so hard to focus on the bigger picture when dealing with sibling relationships. But praying with these things in mind will help your kids ultimately have a God glorifying relationship.

Julie Nixon is a frazzled mom of two tornadoes. As a dorky second-generation homeschooler, she writes over at “My Mundane and Miraculous Life” about learning and play, natural living and matters of the heart. She serves an astounding God that radically saved her.

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