prepared by Rev. M. Gayle MacDonald
Loving and Merciful God, whose power is beyond our scope and whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, We turn to you in faith assured that know our every emotion and are aware of our every need.
Our thoughts and prayers today are turned towards our fathers. For those whose fathers have increased the joy in otherís lives, we give you thanks.
For those whose fatherís presence is greatly missed may we take time to gratefully recall all they have given to us.
For those whose have recently lost their fathers or who are facing the imminent loss of their own fathers, may they find comfort in their grief, hope in their despair, courage in the love that their fathers have given them.
We give thanks, God, for these good men who sustain and support us in our living, who love us no matter what! What a blessing they are to all who know them!
We give thanks to you, O God, for all those whose gift for fatherhood is so strong that their have allowed their caring to spill over into the lives of others providing the guidance and stability, the nurture and the love needed.
How distressing it is for us to consider that not all fathers have been good fathers. We pray, compassionate God, for those whose father has been a source of hurt and pain, for all those for whom one or more members of their family has caused them to suffer. May their wounds be healed. May they find in you, in us, in others, the nurturing, sustaining love that is needed for their growth and well-being.
We recall with sadness fathers who are separated from their children though life choices made by them or others. Give them the insight and wisdom, the courage and perseverence to parent in whatever creative and life-giving ways are open to them. Give them the courage to make the decisions which allow their children to prevail.
We remember to you single fathers and mothers who struggle to be both parents to their children --to provide all the emotional, physical and spiritual needs without the constant support of a spouse. May they find the strength, the courage and wisdom for their task.
We pray for those fathers whose relationships with their children have been difficult or disappointing. We pray, too, for those who have been denied a chance to be fathers, and for those whose years of parenting have been cut short by the loss of a child.
We turn to You, most holy God, knowing trusting that you can console where consolation seems impossible. May these receive comfort for their soul and peace and hope for living that their gifts may not be denied to others.
Finally, O God, we rejoice with you, O God, at the many fine men, who in spite of confusing roles in a rapidly changing society, have taken their place as fathers with open hearts, with willingness and joy. And we join all fathers everywhere in praying that their children may be well and happy--a source of joy for years to come.
Hear our prayers this day, O God, and give to us such assurance of your love that your love may spill forth from us into the lives of others.
This we pray in the name of the Jesus who taught us this prayer: Our Father . . .
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