God bless all of the fatherly figures among us!
We know this is a day that blends joyous thanksgiving with heartache and grief.
It's a day that let's us reflect on the singular energy of fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, foster fathers, fathers-in-law, and all the many significant father-models who helped nurture us. But we also hold in prayer those who long to be fathers, but have not been blessed with children or who struggle to conceive, those among us who have lost a father, those fathers who have lost children, and those whose relationship with their fathers is strained or damaged.
We trust that we are held in the palm of God, Our Father, and pray His kingdom come and will be done on earth. May God continue to guide the hearts of these father figures, giving them the courage, humility, pateince, and wisdom they need as caregivers and servants of Christ's mission.