Gracious Father, please provide our family with patience, love and self control as we bring up our children. Help us to see our own weaknesses more readily than we see those of others and quickly turn to you for forgiveness and strength. Fill our minds with the steadfast love that you faithfully pour out on us and equip us to serve each other with generosity. Fix our eyes on Christ our redeemer and the only one through whom we are changed. May we pour out our thankfulness to him day by day.