A Father’s Day Blessing

by Kathy on June 17, 2012 · 5 comments

in Bereavement, Blessed, Bob, Faith, Family, Holidays, Hope, Infertility, Loss, Love

Father’s Day Blessing

Loving God, we give you thanks for the many gifts you have given us;
the gift of life, the gift of those who love us and especially, today,
we thank you for the gift of our fathers.

We ask your blessing upon our fathers who gave us rules to live by, standards to
uphold, joys to cherish, faith to live by, hopes worth dreaming of and who blessed
our lives with their unselfish and unconditional love.

We ask your blessing upon our fathers who are unable to be with us today.
May they know how much we love and care for them.

We ask your blessing upon adoptive fathers,
that they may always know their special role of being a true father,
a revelation of God’s love for their children.

We ask your blessing upon fathers who have lost children
through miscarriage, stillbirth, crib death, sickness, accident and tragedy, that they
may have your continuing strength and courage.

We ask your blessing upon those who want to be fathers or have another child,
that they may practice patience and feel your love as they wait and hope.

We remember our fathers who have died
and for the unique way they revealed for us your love.
We ask that you keep them in your care
until the time comes for us to join them in your Kingdom.

And we ask your blessing upon the fathers
standing here before us.

Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Give them the strength to live the
faithful and loving lives you call them to live.

Protect and guide them. Keep them in your care
and grant that their children may always honor them
with a spirit of profound respect.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. AMEN.

~ Author Unknown
(though I added a few lines to it/adapted the version that I shared in this post last year to make it even more inclusive)

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I love this unusual and inclusive blessing that was shared at our church on Father’s Day last year.

On this Father’s Day I am sending my love and gratitude to all the fathers who have touched my life over the years, especially my husband/my children’s daddy, my dad, my father-in-law, my brothers-in-law/children’s Godfathers and my uncles.

I am also sending warm thoughts and peace-filled prayers to those who are still waiting and hoping to become fathers and those whose children left this world too soon.

Finally, I am remembering my grandfathers and many other fathers who I loved and cared about that have gone before us and are always in my heart.

 

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1 Lori Lavender Luz June 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm

So beautiful, Kathy. I hope you and your loved ones have had a wonderful Father’s Day.
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2 Kathy June 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thank you Lori. I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Father’s Day too. xoxo
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3 loribeth June 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Absolutely lovely, Kathy — thank you!
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4 Kathy June 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you Loribeth and you are welcome! 🙂
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