We pray today for fathers:
- For new dads and grand-dads and step-dads and adoptive dads and solo dads,
- For baldy ones and beardy ones, skinny ones and cuddly ones,
- For dads who tell terrible jokes and dads who dance to YMCA,
- For dads who know how to fix things, and dads who just pretend they know how to fix things.
Father to the fatherless,
- We pray for those for whom this day is sadder than it is happy,
- Those who feel they have failed,
- Those who are grieving children they never had,
- Those missing their dads, or their kids, even more than usual.
Father God, at a time of so much pain, when so many dads are distant, absent or even abusive, we lean into your ever-present love and healing. You are faithful and kind, especially for those of us orphaned, abandoned and hurt. For, “Even if my father abandons me,” as the Psalmist writes, “the LORD will hold me close.” Ps. 27:10
Father of Mercy, heal our many hurts, and restore the dignity, integrity and centrality of fatherhood in our families, in our communities and in our nations. As the Apostle Paul says, “I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. And I pray that you may know love.”
And finally Lord, for all those poor souls everywhere who forgot that this is #FathersDay, we ask that you would bless them, in your abundant grace and manifold mercy, with the discovery of chocolate and half-decent cards in surprisingly well-stocked convenience stores.