Our firm specializes in working with folks who are retired or just a few years from retirement. I’m fortunate to work with some people who will be retiring or have retired at a very young age.

Recently one of these young families invited me and my family to their beautiful home for dinner. They have two boys who are in there early teens. Before dinner our host asked us all to join hands, and then he looked at his wife and his two boys and said, “Shall we say the long version?” They then proceeded in unison to say a blessing over the food.

After the blessing I said, “WOW, what an awesome prayer,” and I learned this prayer was passed down from his Grandmother. Apparently she made all of the grandkids memorize it one Christmas.

We had a wonderful meal with wonderful people, and I couldn’t help but be inspired by this prayer legacy they are leaving for their kids.

One reason I love the work we do is I am often surrounded by amazing people who inspire me, challenge me and make me think.

I emailed this family and asked if they would mind me sharing their prayer with you, and they agreed so you can read it below. I heard Les Brown say, “It’s not what we leave to our children and granchildren, but what we leave in them, that matters.”  Before you read this prayer here is my question for you.

What are you being intentional about leaving to the next generation?


Here’s the grace that Grandma made all us kids learn one Christmas. I just looked it up on the Internet at it was actually written by Rebeca Weston in 1884.

Father, we thank thee for the night,
and for the pleasant morning light;
for rest and food and loving care,
and all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
to be to others kind and good;
in all we do, in work or play,
to grow more loving every day.