Scripture for the day is Proverbs 17:21

The one who begets a fool gets trouble;
    the parent of a fool has no joy.

After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, our family ties are – by their very intimate nature – often painful. But teach us how to use these bonds for spiritual growth and ministry. Let anxious parents be motivated to powerful prayers for children; let thoughtless children realize their power to bless parents with encouragement and love. Amen.