Reading and Prayer – June 20

Reading: Ephesians 6:2-4

“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Prayer:

On this Father’s Day, we give thanks to you, our Heavenly Father,

for fathers all around the world.

Bless these men for their hard work, their caring,

for their generosity and their loyalty to their families.

We pray especially for fathers who are struggling to care for their children 

because of tough economic times.

We pray for fathers who have been laid off, who are looking for work,

who are in despair about keeping a secure roof over their families,

in this country and in countries around the world.

We pray for fathers who are working in dangerous jobs

               Risking life and health in order to provide for their families;

And we pray for fathers whose families are at risk of COVID.

We pray, too, for fathers who cannot care for their families

because they are ill, with no health care, no health insurance,

or in countries where health services are deeply inadequate;

We pray for the millions of fathers who are incarcerated,

who are immigrants, refugees or displaced persons,

And we pray for fathers who have experienced violence and are wounded, 

in body and soul.

We pray too for those who have tried and failed 

to be the fathers their children needed; 

to be the husbands their wives could rely upon, and could love.

We pray, too, for those fathers who have not even tried, 

but have simply walked away. 

Bring them back into relationship and responsibility, 

in repentance, in forgiveness, in love. 

You who give life and give it abundantly, Son of our heavenly Father,

be with all families, fathers and mothers, 

grandfathers and grandmothers this day, 

and grant them your grace and your healing

so they may live out their vocation as parents and grandparents 

with dignity, strength, faithfulness, patience, and peace. 

Hear our own prayers for our own fathers, many now gone from among us; 

Hear our prayers for our families; Hear our prayers for one another; 

Hear our prayers for the sick; Hear our prayers for the grieving.

Amen.