Prayers for family reunions

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.

Prayer #1

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
Amen.

Prayer #2

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.
Amen.

Prayer #3

Father God,
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.
Amen.

Prayer #4

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.
Amen.

Prayer #5

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.
Amen.

Prayer #6

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

Prayer #7

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.

Prayer #8

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.

Here is one example of a family reunion prayer as they joined together in hands and prayer.

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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.

prayers for family reunions

Family is important and these reunions are sometimes the only chance we get to visit distant relatives.

I Can’t Wait!

Oh Lord,

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

Uncertainty

Father,

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?

Dear Lord,

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

Father,

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

Dear Lord,

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

Final Thoughts

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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Here, we have a prayer for family to ask for God’s help in strengthening a family’s bond. Sometimes, members of our families can be the cause of a lot of stress and worry.

Bring them closer to yourself, and God with this family prayer.

Prayer to Keep Family Together

Say this prayer to help bring your family closer together. Make sure to say the names of any family member you want included in the prayer. Your husband (or wife), sons, daughters, father or mother.

Use this prayer, and write your own at the bottom of this page.

A Prayer for Family

Heavenly Father,
Please shine your light upon my family.
Give us strength to overcome all of the
difficulties that we are dealing with now
and protect us against any and all problems
we may encounter in the future.
O Lord, please bring us together as we
are meant to be. May the love that binds
us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny
you have laid out for us.

Grant my family forgiveness for any sins we
have committed. May we also forgive one
another Lord, as it is sometimes difficult to do.

Bless us Lord,
In your name I pray, Amen

Bible Verses about Family

“For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”

Check out what the bible has to say about family with these Bible Verses.

Family is an important part of one’s life, and is also very important to God. From Adam and Eve onward, God made humans to be together with love to guide and support one another. Through prayer we can make our families stronger.

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Commentary on Parashat Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4 – 36:43

The Book of Genesis is nothing if not a story of dysfunctional families.

Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Hagar, Sarah and Abraham, Isaac and Rebecca, Leah and Rachel: again and again we read of strife and acrimony, miscommunication, jealousy, even fratricide.

We shall focus here on two of these unfortunate cases.

1.Esau and Jacob are locked in struggle literally from before birth. The climax of their tragic relationship is when, at his mother’s urging, Jacob deceives his blind father and steals the blessing intended for his sibling Esau. Esau vows to kill his brother.

2. Jacob favors one son over all the other 12. Spoiled Joseph has illusions of grandeur that he cannot keep to himself. His brothers come to hate him; they ultimately try to kill him. Leaving Joseph for dead, they lie through their teeth as they present to their father “evidence” that a wild animal has devoured him.

This is not however the whole story. These two conflicts end up turning out very differently from the way they began.

As the Book of Genesis nears its end, Jacob and his sons are reunited with Joseph and we see Joseph’s brothers expressing true remorse. He forgives them. Peace and harmony are restored. We learn that our forefathers were not perfect. Their greatness lies in their ability to recognize their sins, to repent and to make amends. Like all of us they are broken, but they know — and they teach us — how to put the pieces back together again.

Earlier, in Parashat Vayishlach, Jacob and Esau are reunited after two decades. Forgetting his past enmity towards his sibling, Esau runs towards his brother Jacob, falls upon his neck, embraces and kisses him, and they both weep tears of joy. Jacob offers lavish presents to his brother, explaining that they represent the blessing that he had stolen from his brother and that he is now returning. He asks to be accepted in forgiveness. A beautiful verse reveals Jacob’s inner thoughts as he says to himself, “If I request atonement with this gift, perhaps he will forgive me.” And indeed Esau accepts both the gift and his brother’s penitence.

Our ancient interpretive tradition (known as Midrash) lauds the reconciliation and unity of Joseph and his brothers, yet it by and large ignores and even denies the wrong done by Jacob to Esau and the repentance and reconciliation that transpire in the relationship between these two brothers. Why?

The answer is clear: Joseph and his brothers is a story of “all in the family,” while Jacob and Esau is a tale of us and them. Joseph and his brothers make up the tribes of Israel. Unity is our desideratum. But while Jacob is our patriarch, Esau is by all accounts outside of the Jewish covenant, a different family and ultimately a different nation. He is the father of the Edomites, but he is not our father.

Furthermore, in later Jewish thought Esau represents the Roman Empire and Christendom and by extension, the whole non-Jewish world. These associations were created at times of conflict and cruel persecution, of anti-Semitism. They were founded on a forced, adversarial reading of the text that was suggested by reality as experienced by our forefathers.

Until this very day many of us still refuse to let go. Too many traditional Jews — and I am talking primarily about religious Jews in Israel where I live — won’t let go of their enmity towards Esau and won’t let the relationship between Jews and gentiles move towards understanding and reconciliation.

There is something in our collective Jewish psychology that is preventing the healing of past wounds. As a nation we have been traumatized. Almost 2,000 years of anti-Semitism have left their mark on us. Our wounds are still raw and painful. We say at the Passover seder that “in every generation they come to destroy us,” and we yet cannot find it in ourselves to accept that today this is not necessarily always the case.

We unconsciously read our fears back into the Bible, which then ends up confirming them. We refuse to let ourselves see reality change, and we certainly will not take proactive steps to change reality, because we believe the text says it cannot and will not change. As hard as it may be to admit, we suffer from a culture of victimhood that prevents us from understanding the other as he really is today and from taking responsibility to improve our situation.

Vicious cycles are not vicious for nothing. It is extremely difficult to break out of them. What is needed is a two-pronged approach of opening our eyes to see a different reality, and at the same time opening our foundational texts and rereading them to see the inspiring reconciliation of erstwhile enemies that they depict.

Reality can change; perception can change. And so can the meaning of the text. And a change in perception and a change in interpretation will help encourage us to make practical changes that will shape a better future for the Jewish people and for all those who come in contact with us.

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