a blessing for the dad in our life

O God, our hearts delight to bless our dads—those who have given us life, and those who have chosen a fathering role as mentors, teachers, advisors, step-dads, and foster-parents.

Bless them all, God, those who are still here with us on earth, and those who have passed away. We lift them all to You with gratitude for their love and care. We honor them for their important role in our lives.

And we ask You too, to bless the fathers whose relationships with their children are strained, hurtful, or broken. O God, come with all Your power and grace and bring your healing right to the foundations of all that has passed and all that lies ahead.

O God, be to us the mercy and the truth, the home and the welcome, where love is the air we breathe and the food we share. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.