Heavenly Father, we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, wisdom, and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us.
We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort; for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity; for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled caring adults.
For those fathers who did not live up to these ideals, give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. Give us the grace to forgive them like You forgive us.
For fathers who have lost a child through death, console them, give them hope and support from their family and friends.
Help new and future fathers raise their children grounded in a love for God and other people. Remind these fathers that loving and treating their spouses with dignity, compassion, and respect is one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.
We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life have been welcomed into Your loving embrace, and that our family will one day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
*Source: Three Minutes a Day, The Christophers, Volume 48.