A prayer on Father’s Day
Loving God, look gently upon fathers of newborn and young children, give them energy, patience and happiness in these fleeting days of long nights, diapers too numerous to count and loading cars with strollers.
Bless dads, who are raising school aged children and teenagers, dads who coach teams and stay up late helping with homework, show them joy in in the moments that seem both hard and wonderful all at the same time.
Bless dads who watch their adult children live their own lives; give these fathers perspective and wisdom.
Healing God, Comfort all people who mourn the absence of their father today from death or illness or because of broken relationships. Comfort those who had hoped to be fathers but have been unable to do so and embrace those who long to be dads.
Ever present God, hold up those fathers who mourn the loss of their own children or grieve over their broken relationships with their children.
Beloved Jesus,Son of God, help us to recognize all the men who have guided us and loved us like fathers, men who send a Light forth as an example of the Light you shine upon all of your beloved children.
Bless us and keep us today in Your light. In your name we pray. Amen.
(Reverend Stephanie Johnson, 2017)