by Guido Reni, c 1635.
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This weekend 1st Sept, is Fathers Day in Australia...
The following is a prayer by Kirk Loadman.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.
Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.
If your dad is still alive, phone him, and tell him his is appreciated.
If he has passed, then embrace his memory.
None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. But when you become a parent, although you may not always succeed in being the best, you do try hard. Spare a prayer for all the dads, ask God to guide them in the most important job they will ever have, raising His children.