Most of us have heard some saying that includes the words “when the stars align.” These words have been said and heard at many tournaments. Archery and making the podium is much like that day when you hit every green light driving through town, and you drive into the parking lot and there is a space waiting up front in a filled lot. These are rare days, it seems often. As the archer prepares, like the 180 youth coming from all over the USA to make a team of three, we pray for success. This team can consist of any young archer coming. This is not like horse races, there aren’t favorites or odds. Just a group of very talented archers come together to shoot it out.
In this home, when the archer is mentally preparing, we use words like when you make the top 8, or make the team. This archery parent asks after practice some days if he is ready to win. The answer is yes, from the archer. This archery parent then says, yes, you are ready to win, let’s pray the stars aligns that way. Every archer and parent coming into the World Archery Youth Team Trials are hoping and praying that it is their archer that makes the team. Every young archer there is dreaming the same dream. Every archer there has worked hard and parents have sacrificed to afford and take the time required to attend not only this tournament but every tournament.
Came we pray:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity our children have to follow a passion and the love of archery. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be attending, not only as parents and archers, also friends and family. As an archery community, may we come together with kindness. As parents and mentors of the young, may our actions and words glorify you.
In mistakes, we ask you offer grace and forgiveness of self and of those that may error against us. Lord, may the fields be safe, may the archers be protected, may the judges be blessed. Lord, in anger and frustration, help us breathe and love. Lord in defeat, may our hearts not break, but draw on you for strength. In triumph, may our heart be humbled and gracious.
Lord, may the arrows fly safe and straight. May the equipment stay steady and true. May the field be filled with joy and laughter. May the travels of all be easy and restful. May the return home, not matter the outcome, be peaceful and reflective. Lord, in all things we are called to give thanks and to love others.
Thank you, Lord.
This Archery Parent’s Prayer