Gracious and Loving God,
You are the Great Foster Parent,
When we were lost, orphaned, and alone,
You found a way to make us your children.
Each and every day, You “foster” us into being a people
who reflect your Spirit to the world.
Foster in us those qualities that You so richly
pour out on us;
You are loving.
Help us to show unconditional love
to the children You have placed in our care.
You are patient.
Help us to be patient even when we despair
of seeing progress.
You are kind.
Help us to always be full of kindness with a
gentle and firm hand.
Most of all, God,
You are faithful.
You never give up on us,
even when we blow it.
When we are hurting You are always there.
Help us to be like You;
May we never give up on our children.
You showed how much You honor foster parents
by giving your only Son into the care of Mary and Joseph
who helped raise him to be the man You wished him to be.
And thank You for allowing us to be a part of helping
children discover your purpose for their lives.
We ask for your blessing upon the food.
When so many the world over are hungry,
help us to be grateful and generous.
As we celebrate together today,
we look forward to the day when all
of your children will be safe, healthy, and
can truly live in that wonderful place
all of us long for,
that is known simply as “Home.”
In your precious and holy Name,
Shared at a Foster Parent Appreciation Luncheon May 2008