Blessings for All Parents

Words of comfort for those anxious about troubled teens

Posted in , Apr 26, 2017

Blessings for parents of teens

I spent a couple of hours yesterday talking to my troubled teen, who was weepy and distraught and angry and venomous. I stayed calm, but it was exhausting. I was glad to go to bed that night. 

This morning my alarm rang at 5:30, as usual. I went to my daughter’s room to give her medication. The dog was in her bed. She wasn’t. Startled, I glanced at the bathroom, but no one was in there. My bleary brain scrambled to make sense of it. We have a small apartment: Where could she be? 

I had awakened once in the night at the sound of someone in the kitchen. Normally I get up to chase midnight snackers back to bed, but was tired, and I didn’t hear the fridge open. Maybe it’s the dog, I’d thought, and rolled over and back to sleep. Now I wondered if it was something else. What if my 15-year-old had left the house? Surely I would have heard the door.

In 2017, Our FREE ebooklet "Strength for Relationships" was given at no charge to more than 159,000 people in need of guidance and comfort in their personal relationships.                                -- GUIDEPOSTS OUTREACH                             TEAM

Read More: The Prayer That Saved Us

I walked back to the kitchen, where my husband Andrew was stumbling through the process of making coffee. “I think we have a problem,” I began to say. As the words emerged from my mouth I glanced toward the living room, where my daughter was lying on the sofa, covering her head with a quilt.


Thank you, Lord, that she is safe.

And then, because not everyone receives the same blessings, and mindful that every thank-you I offer can serve as a reminder to me to pray for someone who is hurting: Please bless the parents who awaken this morning to find a child has left. Guide them, comfort them, and draw them close to your heart.

View Comments