A Father’s Day Prayer

For our fathers, who have given us life and love,
     that we may show them respect and love,
we pray to the Lord.

For fathers who have lost a child through death,
     that their faith may give them hope,
     and their family and friends support and console them,
we pray to the Lord.

For men, though without children of their own,
     who like fathers have nurtured and cared for us,
we pray to the Lord.

For fathers, who have been unable to be a source of strength,
     who have not responded to their children
     and have not sustained their families,
we pray to the Lord.

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
     may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

from The United Methodist Book of Worship

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