A Father’s Day Prayer
by Kirk Loadman
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father have worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those father who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfather, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect. Let us praise those father who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become father; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those father who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continue to nurture us.
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