Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Blessing for All Fathers

I wanted to share a prayer that was printed inside our church bulletin on Father's day. It was beautifully arranged by our Pastor. I pray this for all fathers today, particularly those fathers who have lost a child.

Eternal God and Almighty Father,
God of Abraham and Isaac,
God of David and Solomon,
God of Joseph and Jesus,

We pray this day, for all fathers:

for those who continue to lead us in sharing in your life and teach us your ways with grace and wisdom,

for those who have lost a child through death or estrangement,

for those who long for a child or are waiting to become a father,

for those who have been unable to be a source of strength for their children or their families,

for those who—though without children of their own — nurture and care for us and your creation.

Pour out your blessings, this day, on all those who have fathered us:

those who have given us life and love,

those who have led us in the faith and brought us to you,

those who have cared for us with strength and compassion.

Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.

Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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