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A Father’s Day Prayer for My Son

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A Father's Day Prayer for My son

A Father's Day Prayer for My son

The idea of a tribute to a father on Father’s Day hit the spot where writing adventures begin. It seemed easy enough to find six worthy titles, using words beginning with each letter in FATHER.

F- Father (That’s a given.)

A- Angel (Michael and Gabriel are names of two angels universally recognized as males, so why cannot a good father be a human angel?)

T- Teacher (who shares the role of first co-teacher)

H- Husband (the children’s first reference to that title and role)

E- Example (whom the children seriously watch, as they also watch their mother, to do what the parents do more than what they say)

R- Resource (being perceived as he who has, or can get, everything the children desire)

The real challenge was to be authentic in writing the tribute. I’ve never had a father or father figure who was truly mine, and I didn't want a generic tribute. But I have a son who is a father, and praying is a familiar exercise. So, here’s my motherly, prayerful tribute to fathers, each of whom is someone’s son. Whether the father is a young man at the start of the journey, or an older dad with adult children, he is covered in this prayer.

The Prayer

Lord, You’ve made my son, a FATHER
And You do no such things by chance.
You’ve prepared him for this journey,
Sometimes a drill, sometimes a dance.
Please help him keep in step with You,
And even when the path be dim,
May he follow Your direction
And all his children follow him.

Let him be a human ANGEL
Messaging Your wise instructions,
From Your House to his house, to help
Shape his family’s convictions.
As they pray on home-built altars
About life’s ventures good and bad,
May the children gladly praise You
For giving them a wise, strong Dad.

Let Dad be a human angel.

Let Dad be a human angel.

And since he is their first TEACHER
On riding bikes and video games,
Remind him that there’s also fun
In memorizing Bible names.
Make him a story-teller ‘bout
Beautiful young girls like Esther
And brave handsome boys like David
To help him teach good character.

May he be the kind of HUSBAND
Whom his daughter wants to marry,
Let his son watch and learn from him
How to make his own bride happy.
May his children’s mother love him
For understanding her emotions,
For keeping her soul, mind and body
Satisfied with his affections.

May his children's mother love him.

May his children's mother love him.

Please make him a true EXAMPLE
Of what a godly dad should be,
Matching his words and his actions
And avoiding hypocrisy.
Make him a gentleman who can
To his wife and his children say
“Do as I do. Stand for the right
And let’s persevere come what may.”

Lord, make him their human RESOURCE—
Of faith, hope, wisdom, grace and love,
Integrity and forgiveness
Supplied by his Father above.
Bless him with wealth and influence too,
So he may have enough to give
Most of what his family wants
And all they need to really live.

Please give this Dad Your protection
From life's perils of every level;
Guard his family from pandemics;
Make good health their fixed apparel.
And may I ask one blessing more,
That Your strength, as the strength of ten,
Will uphold this Dad with Your right hand
In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 26, 2021:

Thanks, Manatita. The sentiments expressed in the prayer are for you, too. Hope you enjoyed Father's Day, even if only in reflections.

manatita44 from london on June 26, 2021:

Beautiful Prayer and advice for Father's Day, Dee. Commendable!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 23, 2021:

Thank you, KC. I'm encouraged by your kind words. Hoping that you enjoyed the day.

KC McGee from Where I belong on June 23, 2021:

One of the most wonderful articles regarding Father's Day that I have read in a long time. I believe your son has been blessed with this prayer from his mom.

And bless you for doing so.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 23, 2021:

Flourish, you're very kind. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 23, 2021:

What sweet sentiments for your son, Dora. I am sure he is a wonderful teacher and example to his children. He has such a good mother.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 21, 2021:

Mary, good to see you. Thanks for your kind comment towards my son and me.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 21, 2021:

Such a beautiful prayer for your son. May he become the Father you hope him to be.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 20, 2021:

That's a good talk.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2021:

Thanks, Denise. Good to see you. Happy Fathers' Day to your son. Thanks for sharing his journey. He's grown into such an awesome father, influenced by you. So congratulations to you also.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 20, 2021:

I have gained a new perspective of fathers as I have watched my own son become a father. Watching him raise his two daughters is a joy I had not anticipated! The love that I feel emanating from him for his wife and children is awe inspiring and helps me to be a better person. I relate to the things you have written here, a beautiful tribute!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 19, 2021:

It's no secret.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2021:

Thanks Denise, for sharing. The desires of most mothers for their sons are very similar.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 19, 2021:

This is beautiful. I have one son, and he has adopted one son. I think I'd like to send him this.

Blessings,

Denis

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 19, 2021:

Dora, you're a mother in Isreal!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2021:

Devika, I'm jealous. I haven't seen my son in a while. Enjoy the blessing of having your son for company. Also, I wish for you many more happy, healthy birthdays.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 19, 2021:

Hi Dora my son came over to visit and spent time with me for my birthday that meant the world to me than to have any present wrapped in a bow.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Happy Father's Day, Rodric, from me and on behalf of your mom who wold have celebrated you, if she were here. I'm encouraged that the prayer made you experience her and her love. May the happy memories you shared with her give your spirits a lift on Father's Day and everyday. You were blessed (and are still blessed) to have had her in your life. Be faithful so you'll see her again.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on June 18, 2021:

Wet eyes. MsDora, I felt like your referred to me and my eyes are wet. Your son is so blessed to have you in his life. My own mother passed away in 2018, but you words reminded me of how she would pray for me and her13 grandkids and three kids. She loves us so much. Your poem reminds me of Mom and how she celebrated me on Father's Day and every day. Thank you. I just cried a tear. Thank you for letting me experience my Mom just now. Honestly. Another tear. I miss Mom, but you made me feel her love just now.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 18, 2021:

Those that have children full in both arms are much blessed. Thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Thanks, Devika. The children bring out the best in us, don't they? What a blessing they are!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Miebakagh, I appreciate your gracious, encouraging response.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 18, 2021:

Dora this is beautiful and so much thought put into this hub. The title fits well here. A perfect way to show what you really mean

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 18, 2021:

I opine it's for all sons and fathers. Much thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Brenda, thanks for making me smile. It's cricket season now, so you had me imagine the bat in my hand. I appreciate your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Vanita, you're blessed to have a great father. Happy Father's Day to him. Enjoy him all you can.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 18, 2021:

Linda, thanks for your kind comment. Takes lots of effort for me to attempt poetry. What do we not do for our children?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 17, 2021:

Ms Dora

You knocked this one out of the ballpark!!

Awesome writing.

It is so worthy & and wonder tribute for your son on Father's Day.

Vanita Thakkar on June 17, 2021:

A lovely poem on Father(s), Ms. Dora. I have the bestest father in the world and I have known many a great fathers who have done so much for their children and family that they can be definitely called God in the form of human being. The roles of fathers are often unsung, their contributions to life of their children taken as so much a matter of fact as to go unacknowledged. Your poem gives words to those silent facts and feelings. Thanks.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2021:

You’ve created a lovely poem for your son, Dora. Thank you for sharing it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Vidya, I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 17, 2021:

A wonderful tribute to your son Ms Dora. When we are away from our children,we hug them with our prayers. That's the least we can do for them. Thanks for sharing this because work.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Happy Father's Day, James. Sure, Dads make a difference. I didn't have one, and I know that I missed out.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Misbah, thanks for your very kind words and for sharing the prayer. Happy Father's Day to your Dad.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Thank you, Miebakagh. Your comment means a lot.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

John, when you say "Great job," you inspire me. Thanks.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on June 17, 2021:

Beautiful expression of prayer. Dads make a difference.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 17, 2021:

Ms Dora, this is a beautiful tribute to your son. I am sending my warmest wishes and prayers to you and your family. Fathers are always precious . My father is  my super hero. The poems are excellent. Your prayers are so sweet and soothing. I will share this one with my dad.

Love and Blessings

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 17, 2021:

That's great of a grand mother.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2021:

This is a perfect prayer/poem dedicated to your son to celebrate Father’s Day. Great job MsDora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada. I've got two beautiful grandkids, and I pray for their dad to be the best dad he could be.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Miebakagh, so good to hear from you. This nightmare situation regarding comments keeps people apart. Yes, you are covered and Happy Father's Day to you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Loretta, you're so sweet. Thank you. And Happy Father's Day to the dad in your home.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2021:

This is heartfelt and a lovely tribute to the Fathers! I am glad to read about your son becoming a father, and my best wishes to him!

You have described the heavenly qualities for which a father is known, so thoughtfully!

Thank you for sharing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Thank you, Bill, for your encouraging comment. The least we can do for our children is to keep praying for them. A Happy Father's Day to you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Rosina, I hope that you also have many happy memories of your dad.If he could, he would want to cheer you and keep you smiling. Turn your problems over to God, your heavenly father.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Thanks, Pamela. There's so much we want to ask for on our children's behalf. Blessings to you, too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 17, 2021:

Thank you, Hira. Having a son to love is such a blessing!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 17, 2021:

MS Dora, I believe in prayer. That this prayer for a father figure is heard. I put myself under it, or rather cover myself with the prayer. Amen in Jesus name.

The Sampsons from The Ozarks, Missouri on June 17, 2021:

That is truly lovely. As is your own heart. - Loretta

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2021:

A lovely tribute for your son. I have no doubt he is a good man, having a mother like you to lead his way. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt statement of love.

Rosina S Khan on June 17, 2021:

Reading Father's Day prayer, I felt reminded of my own promising Dad who had passed away 23 years ago due to a heart attack. I also felt sad thinking if he were alive today, many of my current problems wouldn't have existed. Things would have taken a different turn. He was that influential.

Thank you, Dora, for this wonderful Father's Day prayer.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2021:

This is a wonderful article for your son, Ms Dora. I really liked the acrostic poem and "The Prayer" is so perfect. All of those things you mentioned and wonderful attributes for fathers, a husband and a son. Blessings to you.

hira from faisalabad on June 17, 2021:

nice work

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