There are those occasions when one is honoured and humbled to pray for a relative at some meaningful event in that person’s life. My friend Mikey was asked a few months ago to pray for his nephew and godson, Linus, at his baby dedication. In preparing, Mikey said,
“I tried to include the very things I need prayer for myself. And the last line, starting with “Strengthen him..” is one I found in The Book of Common Prayer while I was digging around for godchild or dedication liturgy.”
As you consider this prayer, consider the children in your life, and pray this anew:
I pray that Linus would grow up to be good, happy, and kind.
I pray that he would know you his whole life. Be his comforter, and his peace. I pray he would learn from your son Jesus, and understand what forgiveness means: that because of you, all our guilt is false.
I pray he grows up to be humble, and that the bigger he gets, the smaller he realizes he is. I pray he will not throw stones, but stand between them and the people you love.
And I pray that I will be the godfather he needs. I don’t know what that is yet, and I might not even know at the time, but I pray that you will help me, and that I would be someone he can trust, someone he can learn from, and someone who will delight his heart in you.
Strengthen him, O Lord, with your presence, enfold him in the arms of your mercy, and keep him safe for ever.
A Prayer of Dedication by Mikey Hamm for his nephew/godson Linus.
For a dedication liturgy see the Common Book of Payer.