To a dear one about whom I have been concerned:
I behold the Christ in you.
I place you lovingly in the care of the Father.
I release you from my anxiety and concern.
I let go of my possessive hold on you.
I am willing to free you to follow the dictates
of your indwelling Lord.
I am willing to free you to live your life
according to your best light and understanding.
Husband, wife, child, friend –
I no longer try to force my ideas on you, my ways on you.
I lift my thoughts above you, above the personal level.
I see you as God sees you, a spiritual being, created
in His image, and endowed with qualities and abilities
that make you needed, and important – not only to me but
to God and His larger plan.
I do not bind you, I no longer believe that you do not have
the understanding you need in order to meet life.
I bless you,
I have faith in you,
I behold Jesus in you.
(Author unknown; 109, p.100) Adapted from Take and Receive: A Guide for Prayer by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and S. Marie Schwan