A Grandpa’s Prayer for his Granddaughter

Dear Clover (age 4 ½),

From the moment you were born (even before then) I have prayed God’s deepest blessing on your life.

As you grow into a woman, I pray the following for you:

  • That you will always know, no matter what, that God loves you and will always walk through life with you
  • That you will always know, no matter what, that you are God’s beloved daughter and that he will never give up on you
  • That you will always lean into the God who leans into you
  • That you will hear the invitation of Jesus, first given to you in your baptism, to follow him into wise, compassionate womanhood
  • That you will always know the grace of this truth: You can’t do everything…but you have been created to do some things very well
  • That you will constantly be attuned to the one voice…the voice of Jesus…and follow that voice, rather than the many, many voices that will pull you in too many directions
  • That you will use and develop the amazing gift of your brain by studying hard and learning all you can, using your growing knowledge wisely
  • That you will learn the importance of good work, fun play, and deep rest
  • That you will commit yourself to taking care of yourself physically
  • That you will choose your friends wisely–choosing friends who bring out the best in you as you bring out the best in them
  • That you would learn to respect yourself and treat others with respect as well
  • That, should you marry, you will marry a man who shares your faith and heart; that you will have a marriage of mutual vision and respect, and that your marriage will be as fulfilling as mine is to grandma
  • That God will even now begin to prepare the heart of your future husband for a lifetime partnership with you (and he may or may not yet be alive!)
  • That you will stay connected to a caring faith community, serve and support the pastor and staff, and do your part in carrying out its mission (unless of course God calls you to be a pastor—then may you enjoy pastoral ministry as much as I have!)
  • That you will grow to be a woman of lavish generosity
  • That I will live up to my call as your grandpa: To be a good man in your life!

I love you with all my heart!


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About Tim Wright

I've been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1984, currently serving as the founding pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria, AZ. My wife, Jan and I, were married in 1979. We raised two kids and currently have 3 grandkids. I love to ride my bike, travel, read British Mysteries, and Disneyland. I have written 6 books, including my newest--Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys From Church. My website: www.TimWrightMinistries.org