Blessing for Fathers Everywhere
This Father's Day, my mind turns to all those fathers in our world who are struggling to find balance in this life for their families, who are living with the task of making decisions no parent should ever need to make and who are battling forces that threaten the lives of their children as well as their own. My mind turns to all those men who have fathered children not their own, simply because they needed the love and gentle touch of a man who could spend the time to be there. My mind turns to my father - my Daddy - who battled in equal measure the threats to world freedom and freedom from disease. My mind turns to my sons-in-love, all of whom work tirelessly to provide their children with the best life has to offer by being present in ways their fathers weren't able to be present. With all these fathers in mind, I offer my humble prayer...
Abba, Gracious Source of All,
Dad, Papa, Babba, Daddy, Pa, Táta, Papi, Daidí, Tad
and all the other terms of endearment You have heard
fall from the lips of Your sons and daughters