2014-06-16

A Prayer for the Fathers

(Slightly adapted from Rev. Christine Robinson)

God bless all the fathers who drive kids to games
and help with science projects
and fix breakfasts,
explain how babies are made
and how baseball works
and read Richard Scary and Goodnight Moon, over and over and over again.

We pray for the fathers who fight in wars praying that victory will keep their children safe –
and for the fathers who work a second job so that their kids will be financially secure –
and for all the fathers who pay the bills and manage the accounts while the household sleeps.

We pray for beleaguered fathers and happy fathers,
Rich fathers and poor fathers,
Healthy fathers and challenged fathers.

Bless the fathers who made homes for the babies they fathered,
who stay married for the children's sake,
and who stay in their kids lives in spite of divorce.

Bless also the fathers who are excluded from their kids lives,
and the fathers who wish they had never been fathers but never forget,
and for those fathers whose much-wanted and much-cherished children love them deeply and bring joy to their lives.

Let us pray for grandfathers who watch the kids while parents work,
who tell their grandkids about the old days
and teach them how to use a saw, make a kite out of newspaper, and fix a real ice cream soda.

And let us pray also for boyfriends, step-fathers, foster fathers, and adoptive fathers, who, without ties of biology, do the same.

We pray blessings upon the fathering men who faithfully, appropriately, and, these days sometimes fearfully, teach school, lead scout troops, sign up to be a big brother, to coach a team, to pastor a church.

We also hold in prayer the men who wanted to be fathers and never were.

Our prayers are with the fathers who bite their lip and clamp their mouths shut when their 14-year-olds dye their hair green or pierce their who-knows-what.
We pray for the fathers whose children have lost their way and won't call home,
whose kids can't hear their wisdom
or their love
or their anguish.

We pray for the fathers who could never find the words to say how proud they were of their kids who did OK,
and we pray for the fathers who did find those words, and said them.

God bless the fathers who teach their sons to cook and vacuum
and their daughters to sink a jump shot and change a tire
and who teach their sons to respect women
and their daughters that they can expect to be respected by men.

God bless the young fathers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation.

God bless mature fathers learning to let go.
God bless working fathers and stay-at-home fathers.
Single fathers and married fathers.
Gay fathers and straight fathers.
Fathering men, and men who support fathers –
And God bless the women and bosses who support fathers and fathering.

God bless all of you.
Hang in there.
Our hearts lift this prayer of gratitude for the love of fathers everywhere, without which the world would be a terrible place.
God bless all the fathers for they make this a more civil, caring and safe place for the precious children in our world.
May they know, on this day and always, how much they matter.

Amen.

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This is part 1 of 5 of "Father Earth"
Next: Father Earth 1: In Case of Rain
Picture by Yesenia603, Wikimedia Commons

1 comment:

  1. THE INCONSISTENCY OF FAITH ONLY DOCTRINE BY STEVE FINNELL

    Faith only advocates are very inconsistent when is comes to explaining the meaning of for the remission of sins that is found in the Scriptures.

    Acts 2:38 The Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

    Matthew 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which shed for many for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

    Faith only advocates proclaim that for in Acts 2:38 actually means because of. In other words the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost repented and were baptized in water because their sin had already been forgiven. Were they save by "faith only?"

    Did John the Baptist baptized because those he baptized had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of? Were they saved the very minute they repented. Were they saved by "repentance only?"

    Did Jesus shed His blood because the sins of men had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of? Are all men saved by the "the crucifixion of Jesus only?"

    The same word, for, was used in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, and Matthew 26:28. The Greek word eis has not been translated as because of in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, or Matthew 26:28. There is not one single translation that translates eis as because of. Are all translations in error? Is God not powerful enough to have His word translated correctly?

    Forgiveness of sins followed the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

    Forgiveness of sins followed those who were baptized by John the Baptist.

    Forgiveness of sins, under the New Covenant, follows being baptized in water.

    MEN ARE SAVED BECAUSE OF!

    Men are saved because of God's grace. Ephesians 2:8.
    Men are saved because of the shed blood of Jesus. Matt. 26:28.
    Men are saved because of faith. John 3:16.
    Men are saved because of their repentance. Acts 3:19.
    Men are saved because of their confession. Romans 10:9.
    Men are saved because of their immersion in water. Acts 2:38.

    MEN ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE OF "FAITH ONLY"

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