“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:13)

Dear Father in heaven,

Your great love for Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, has brought forth every human life as Your own precious treasure forever.

And though You reign exalted over all the universe, You come near to each of us in the blessing of a father.

Thank you that You have bound one such man also to me in an echo of Your own incarnation next to us in the flesh.

Thank you that my father protects me and provides for me at Your ordaining.

Thank you that he supplies me with shelter and security that teaches me about You.

Thank you that his diligence sustains me and his devotion consoles me with Your hand.

Thank you that his affirmation expresses Your unconditional acceptance.

Thank you that his counsel and his example support me and prepare me to do Your will.

I humbly implore You to enfold him this day and unto eternity in the same heavenly grace that he has shown me.

Establish him in peace and joy, knowing that His fatherly labors fulfill Your command and that You receive his service as a worship of You.

Let Your blessing rest especially with fathers in exceptional circumstances, including single fathers, adoptive and fostering fathers, fathers of large families, and fathers whose sons or daughters have extraordinary needs.

Grant special healing and hope also to our brothers who have endured fatherhood’s losses or sorrows and to the ones who have not known the delight of fatherhood.

As they have ensured our survival, give them all length of days, and in Your Son’s resurrection to everlasting life gather them into the fellowship of their fathers and the great reward that awaits every one of us who follows in the faith they have maintained, sharing in Your everlasting gladness. Amen.