Plus Prayers, poetry, and some thoughts for the day
In the US and many other countries Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Accordingly the dates for Father's Day in coming years is:
Sunday, June 19th
Sunday, June 17th
Sunday, June 16th
Sunday, June 15th
As for celebrating Father's Day, here are some prayers, poetry, and thoughts for the day:
Father's Day Prayer
Lord, I Thank you for my dad
Please take care of him
He is getting older,
but he is still brave and bold
Please take care of him
Father's Day Prayer Thank you, friend Jesus,
for my father who loves me,
for my grandfather who cares for me
and for God, my eternal father,
who made me and is always with me.
How Blessed I am!
For fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them love and affection today and all days, we pray to God, our Father.
For fathers who have lost a child through death, that they may find hope, and solace in your never ending love, we pray to you, O God, our Father.
For fathers who have died, that God may welcome them into that peaceful place that is without ending, we pray to you, O God, our Father.
God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who have lost a spouse to death ... or divorce
who are parenting their children alone.
Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become
the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen
And here are some thoughts for Father's Day, some inspirational, some humorous, some provocative:
You know... fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
Clarence Budington Kelland
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.
National Urban League Slogan
Don't make a baby if you can't be a father.
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.
The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.
Tom Wolfe, from The Bonfire of the Vanities
Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called 'Being a Father' so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.