A Litany for Father’s Day

A few years ago I posted a litany for Mother’s Day here as an offering for those who found that day hard.  I didn’t  post a prayer for Father’s Day. For me this has always been a good day.  Since I’ve been a pastor, I have stepped into the pain of others who have profound difficulty with their dads.  I offer this prayer up for anyone who finds today hard and struggles to connect with the God Jesus called Abba.


 

Holy One reigning in heaven and on the earth, Your will be done.

Have mercy on us.

Some of us do not know dads. We know abandonment, fear and insecurity. We feel our fathers’ absence in our lives. We can’t imagine what their presence might mean.

Lord have mercy on us.

Some of us are wounded, hurt by a man who should have protected us and provided for us. We’ve been abused and broken and so have steeled our hearts against pain and unlove. We’ve grown numb to tenderness. Our hearts rage.

Lord have mercy on us.

Some of us long for approval, to hear our dad say I love you.  We’ve struggled to earn his love and his respect.

Lord have mercy on us.

Others of us are the fathers who failed: failed to love, to nurture, to protect, and to care for our kids. We carry wounds, and we have wounded.

Have mercy on us.

Prodigal Father be Our Father.

Hold us safe and welcome us back when we wander.

Show us Your strength and mercy,

Your just love and tender care.

Heavenly Father father us and re-make us like You:

a loving father who nurtures and protects,

a dad who loves and provides refuge

a papa who hurts with the hurting—

bringing courage and peace.

Lord have Mercy. Amen.

 

 

Mother’s Day Litany

(At our house, Mother’s Day is a happy time, a time to celebrate the mothers who raised us and a chance for my kids and I to pay homage to the wonderful wife and mother that Sarah is. Yet for many, Mother’s Day is a time of pain as they struggle through grief, infertility, the loss of a child. I offer this litany as a prayer for those who are hurting this day).

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
                                        Lord have mercy
For all the women of God’s church across the face of the earth, who have loved and nurtured others into the faith.
                                         Lord have mercy
For those who are single mothers and struggle to provide for their family.
                                        Lord have mercy
For the poor and widowed whose child has been taken from them because they couldn’t care for them.
                                       Lord have mercy
For those held captive by abuse who fear for their children and their life.
                                        Lord have mercy

For those who are estranged from their chlidren.
Lord have mercy

For those have suffered the loss of a child either through miscarriage, abortion or the premature death of a child.
                                       Lord have mercy
For those who have lost their own mothers and feel the dull ache of their loss.
                                      Lord have mercy

For those who have never, and may never, have the opportunity to have a child.
Lord have mercy

For strength in joy and hope for all women and confidence in God’s care for them.
                                     Lord have mercy
For . . .(names of women you feel led to pray for)
                                    Lord have mercy
For all those who call on you from their hearts. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy

Amen.