A Father’s Day Prayer from the African American Lectionary
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 you 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 their lives, we give you thanks.
For those whose father’s presence is greatly missed,
may we take time to gratefully recall all they have given to us,
providing for us in our growing.
For those whose fathers have recently lost
or who are facing the imminent loss of their own fathers,
may they find comfort in their grief, hope in their despair,
and 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 they 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 perseverance
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, 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.