At the Funeral and Vigil service for Richard Kelly this past week, I heard over and over how important he was in so many children’s lives. He was the father they didn’t have who escorted them to the father/daughter dance. He was the mentor who made them feel they could do anything. He was the one who took time for them and was never too busy to stop and listen. He was the one who remembered to do the small things that meant so much. He was at the games and at the plays and at any other events that were important to the children. It was hard to believe that one person could have that much influence over so many lives. Yet, he did and he would be the first to say it was no big deal. He was just doing what a father is supposed to do. What if we all had a spark of his enthusiasm and generosity to be fathers, mentors and leaders to our children? What a world we would have if we all took this responsibility seriously! To all those fathers who have worked tirelessly for your own children and those who were like your own children, we thank you. For all those who took the time to mentor a child and give them the hope that they can achieve anything, we thank you. For all those fathers who have worked so hard to be good fathers and still, for whatever reasons, your children go down paths, you wish they hadn’t, we thank you. Fatherhood is not just biological,. It’s about the heart and the ability to love another who looks up to you. Happy Fathers Day to our fathers and all those who have been like fathers to us!
A Father’s Day Prayer
We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.
Fatherhood does not come with a manual,
and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all – and forgiveness where it is needed.
This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways – both big and small – they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent – grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches – and the women of our families.
For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.”
May our Heavenly Father bless all earthly fathers today and every day.
Their influence as teachers and role models should never be underestimated.