This a prayer for the 14 year olds
The innocent, knowledgable,
cusp of adulthood, ready to take on the world
pandemic generation 14 year olds–
of whom my child is one of them
with hormones, and a burning need to change the world
learn everything, help everyone,
and a growing awareness,
God you know
of just how complicated this being human thing actually is.
And when the diagnosis is–
as they say in Big Hero 6,
Puberty, there is a whole world out there for us
to learn from them.
This is a prayer as they hear people fight about the future,
and those frustrations,
which let’s be honest, they were always
always aware of,
suddenly become into focus
because that is a part of growing into yourself.
This a prayer for them, that you will walk with them God,
as they wrestle with it all,
because God, I know I’m not handling everything ok,
so I don’t know how they are doing it.
Be with them,
Help them wrestle
and change the world,
to be what it should be!
Because God, they know when it isn’t!
So please God,
help the 14 year olds–and all the ages in-between.
Feel free to use/adapt/share with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
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