6.13.2008

A Father's Day Prayer

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 fathers 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 stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood
and earned their step children's love and respect.

Let us praise those fathers who
have lost a child to death,
and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children,
but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

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 fathers;
may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died,
but live on in our memory and
whose love continues to nurture us.
Kirk Loadman