Heavenly Father, please heal the hearts of every earthly father who reads this today. Father’s Day can be so hard. It reminds them of their pain and losses – of what they don’t have anymore. Their children’s choices, behaviors and issues changed everything. They’ve been crushed. Broken.
They were their son’s first hero. Their daughter’s first love.
Pride keeps them from being honest about their feelings – with themselves or anyone else. They’ve got to be strong. Hold everything together. They’ve struggled to keep up a front that they’re okay, when inside they’re dying. But no one knows. No one but You, Lord.
Help them forgive themselves for not being perfect. Remind them no one is. Convince them it’s really true. They feel so responsible. So guilty. So angry. After all, they were the dad. They thought it was their job to make sure their son or daughter grew up to fulfill their dreams. But those hopes are dashed. Lost. Gone. And it hurts so badly that they can’t get them back. They can’t fix it.
These dads grieve deeply. It feels worse than a death. Comfort their hurt over not being able to protect their daughter – over not being able to keep their son safe. To keep the bad away. To make everything alright.
They tried so hard. Gave it their all. But they just. Couldn’t. Do. It.
Teach them how to let go, detach with love and release their child to Your care.
Renew their hope. Rebuild their lives. Strengthen their faith to trust.
Show Yourself as wonderful Counselor. Gentle Shepherd. Prince of Peace.
Pour down healing oil. Give them beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, peace for despair.
Peace. For. despair.
In the beautiful, healing name of Jesus I offer this prayer for every hurting dad.
This Bible verse is comforting:
“When I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me the strength I need.” (Psalm 138:3)