Opening

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

My past

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139)

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.(Psalm 22:9)

From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God. (Psalm 22:10)

Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. (Psalm 27:10)

My present

For all who are (AA)being led by the Spirit of God, these are (AB)sons of God. 15For you (AC)have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you (AD)have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "(AE)Abba! Father!" 16The Spirit Himself (AF)testifies with our spirit that we are (AG)children of God, 17and if children, (AH)heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, (AI)if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (AJ)are not worthy to be compared with the (AK)glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8)

My responsibility

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)

My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. (Proverbs 6:20)

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. (Proverbs 10:1)

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. (Proverbs 15:20)

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)

May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice! (Proverbs 23:25)

The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. (Proverbs 30:17)

My Gratitude

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for nurturing us and caring for us through our parents. Help us to honor our parents, to sympathize with their wishes, to strive to progress, to be serviceable to society. Grant that we may express more gratitude to them, be more concerned with their physical and emotional well-being, and their spiritual growth.

Special words for Qing Ming

God who encompasses the beginning and the end, you gave to the Chinese people the custom of going to walk on the Spring green grass and to sweep teh tombs of our ancestors. As we commemorate those who have passed away, help us to think of the shortness of life, to seek the true God while there is opportunity, to endeavor to do good, and to accept salvation. We pray also that you grant your boundless love to those who have left us.

My Heritage

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

My Encouragement

1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.