Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers!
Recent research shows that today’s dads are deeply connected to their families and have three things in common: Availability to their children, Interaction with their children, and Responsibility for their children.
As we honor all earthly fathers, so too, do we honor our Father God. In this lesson, Rev. Nancy gives a deeper meaning to the Jesus parable of “The Lost Son,” and offers three steps to feeling connected with the One Father that we all have; God, the Good.
Here is a special prayer for all fathers:
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 whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely chose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their stepchildren’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 fathers who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise those fathers who have “fathered” us in their roles as mentors and guides.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.
Amen~— by Kirk Loadman-Copeland