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     Father's Day or other traditional times to honor a father can be difficult if one’s father is absent by death or another reason. The following prayers — a prayer for an absent father, prayer for a deceased father, and blessing for the grief of missing a father — enable the Christian to offer his/her lost father to God.

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Melissa M. Roberts is a freelance writer, spiritual director, and teacher. Melissa has a BA in History from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, graduate coursework in Medieval History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, a Masters in Theological Study from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va, and nine units Clinical Pastoral Education, interfaith ministry and relationship training, from the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education in Peachtree, Georgia.

A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.

A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.
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Healing Prayer for an Absent Father

    For those adults and children whose fathers left them, via divorce, neglect, family conflict, or death, thinking of an absent father can be painful. The following prayer invites God to heal the child of any age missing his/her father:

“God of mysteries, I don’t know why Dad [insert reason father left]. Only You know the hole in my heart that Dad left. Fill that hole with Your love, and heal me. Remind me that I am Your beloved child, with whom You are well pleased. You, O God, will never abandon me. Bless me and lead me to others who will protect and teach me as a father should. Let me, also, share the love of a father with others, in the light of Your love. Amen.”

Prayer for a Deceased Father


    Visiting Dad’s grave on Father's Day or on his birthday can bring up a whirlwind of emotions and memories. The following prayer for missing a deceased father can be an appropriate prayer while visiting the grave site or at any time an intense longing for one's father resurfaces:

“God of life and death, care for Dad now as he cared for me and others here on earth. Let his memory continue to bless me and form me into the fullness of Your love. [Share specific memories of Dad with God, if desired]. Guard Dad and keep him safe in heaven as he guarded me here on earth. Amen.”

    An individual might offer this prayer aloud at the grave site of a father. Some may opt to share specific memories of the deceased, so that children and other family members present may honor Dad's memory, too.

    Sharing the Lord’ Prayer of another familiar prayer together as a family can create a simple service in honor of the father at the grave site.

Blessing for Grief over Missing Dad

     The grieving process over any loss is a lifetime journey. Missing a father is a special loss, because there is a special bond. The following prayer offers the tears over missing father to God:

"God of love, keep each tear I shed for Dad's absence and bottle it. Let me cry and open my heart to You, that You may ever heal my wounded heart. Be with me and cleanse me to share love with others, as Dad shared love with me. . Amen."

Missing a father leaves a hole that nothing can adequately fill. With prayer, a Christian can invite God into healing an absent father during the holidays, Father's Day, or other times when the pain of the dad's absence surfaces.