Retirement prayer blessing

Here is a retirement prayer that’s useful for retirement ceremonies or to use as your personal prayer for a friend who is retiring.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you in thankfulness for the many years of service given by our friend and colleague who is retiring.  We thank you for the long term contributions they have made in the execution of daily tasks, in their loyalty to our organization and in their sharing of their experience and wisdom with others.  We are appreciative of their hard work and dedication.  They have adapted to many changes over the years and have made sacrifices of their personal time when the job demanded it.   They have been a mentor and friend to their fellow employees and have worked faithfully despite their own personal obligations, joys and challenges.

We pray your continued blessings on them during this next phase of their life.  May your Presence be with them as they choose new paths and explore new horizons.   May they be blessed with strong networks of friends and family to enjoy the journey that lies ahead.  Keep them vigorous in body, mind, soul and spirit.  Open new doors of service that will satisfy their desire to give and that will make a lasting difference in our world.  May they find many receptive hearts and minds for the wisdom they have to offer and many recipients to receive their love and care.

Today we leave them with this blessing from the book of Matthew:  “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”  (Matthew 25:23)

And so we end our prayer, thankful for what has been and grateful for what has yet to be.

Amen.

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This prayer was originally written by Pastor Ed at Salisbury Vineyard church and read out as a christian blessing over the dad’s present and as an acknowledgement of the important role of fatherhood in the lives of our children.

Fathers Day Prayer & Blessing

O God,
We thank you for these men
Men who have taken on the impossible task of following in Your footsteps
We thank you for their courage and strength

And our prayer is that as they learn what it means to be a father

That You would Father them, and apprentice them
We pray that you would teach them how to be good fathers
no matter how old or young their children are.

Give them hearts like your heart

That they may become known for
Compassion, tenderness, and mercy.
May they live lives full of love and grace.
May they not be afraid to discipline
And may they lead their families with great wisdom and gentleness

Anoint them to be warriors in Your kingdom

To wage war for their families in prayer
To be defenders and guardians of all that is true and good
Make them aware of the spiritual battle that You call them to engage in

Today, God our Father, we ask your blessing on all fathers

For new fathers, coming to terms with new responsibility;
For those who are trying to balance the demands of work, marriage and children;
For those who have to struggle to be a part of their child’s life;
For those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
For those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
For those whose child has been placed for adoption;
For those whose love and support has offered healing;
For those that have adopted a child into their family;
For those who have lost a child;
For those who care for the children of others;
For those whose children have left home.

Bless all fathers, that they may be able to commit themselves selflessly

as mentor, protector and provider, shaping the direction
of their child’s character by giving love, care and guidance.

Bless all fathers, that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,

living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Amen.

Blessings For Fathers

“Dear God, I give thanks for fathers.
I recognize the dedication and patience
it takes to be a source
of compassion and
understanding when helping
to shape a young life.
Bless all fathers,
especially those who are new
in this sacred role. I pray they feel
Your presence with them.
May they know that Your strength
and wisdom are within them,
providing all they need
to guide and support
their children with kindness and love.”

Father’s Day Prayer

Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.

Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.

~ Kirk Loadman

Fathers

We honour you in your God given duty
May you walk free from the lies of the world
That say a father is not important

For we say that you are important

You are to be a light in darkness
A living example of God Himself

We bless you to be strong and courageous

To wear the full armour of God
To resist the devil, and to stand
Stand firm for your wives and children
Stand firm for the body of Christ

We bless you to go out and do great deeds for the kingdom of God

To become oaks of righteousness
To rise to the fullness of Christ
And to run hard the race that has been marked for you

We claim this blessing for you

That you would be counted righteous in this life
That by the grace of God you would be blameless
And that in so doing your children would be blessed

What you do in life echoes in eternity.

O God bless these men
And may their echoes be loud and full and pleasing in Your sight
throughout all ages.

As I recall, there was barely a dry eye in the house and all of the dads stood as this was read and they were blessed.  They were then presented with gifts of chocolate as a tangible thank you for the wonderful job that they do!

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family in need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

More Fathers Day Prayers

God, bless all the fathers in the world.
Guide them to be good role models
and loving to all their children
Help them to be a father like You are
Give them grace and patience
to handle situations in a loving way.
Amen!

God, our Father
Bless these men,
that they may find strength as fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Amen!

God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Christian Prayer for Fathers Day

Loving God,
We thank you for the gift of good dads,
and everything that they do for us.
Help them to have
patience when we’re difficult,
wisdom when we can’t see the way,
strength when we need comforting,
and love at all times,
so that, though them,
we get a little glimpse of how you feel about us,
our heavenly Father
Amen.

Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers;
Hear the prayers we offer You for them.
Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body.
Bless their word and all they do.
Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us.
Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.
One day, may we be their comfort and support,
So that having enjoyed their affection on earth
We may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

May God bless you and thanks for visiting father’s day prayer & blessing.

 

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father’s day prayer & blessing

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April 19, 2018

By Donald Mehl

In light of the time in which we live, I felt led to write and share this fervent prayer with many. Please join together with me in lifting up our praise, our thanksgiving, and our requests before the throne of Almighty God.
Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You, I praise You, and I trust in You for who You are, for Your tender care and mercies, for watching over us, and for providing for our every need. Oh Lord, You are our Creator, You are in control of our very existence, and You know all of our thoughts and shortcomings.

But Father, in such a time as this we must humbly fall on our knees and bow before You. As a people and as a nation, we must repent and seek Your face as never before. Lord, we have failed miserably, we have forgotten to acknowledge You as sovereign in all things, and we have gone our own way only to become lost and desperately in need of Your protective and guiding hand.

In such a time as this, we see evil all around us causing misery and destroyed lives. The foundations and principles on which our nation was established are being diluted and eroded. Our financial institutions are crumbling right before our eyes. Father, we see corruption and greed in all levels of our government. Your Ten Commandments for us are quickly disappearing from public view. Your Truths and our prayers in Jesus’ Name are no longer permitted in our schools for they are considered offensive and exclusive. But at the same time, satanic, pagan religions are permitted and taught to the young minds who will one day be the leaders of our country.

In such a time as this our moral fabric has been allowed to deteriorate into a seemingly hopeless state with failed marriages, rampant homosexuality and immorality, the slaughter of countless unborn children, hate and violence in the heart and mind of men, and dishonesty is everywhere we look. Lord, it grieves me to know we have fallen so deeply into the pit of self-destruction.

Father, it brings me to tears when I learn that Your Holy written Word is now considered hate literature in many locations, and cannot be preached as it must be preached. Your precious gospel message of salvation is no longer the essential cornerstone for the Christian faith in many churches today. Teachings of repentance, judgment, born-again, accountability, the Way, the Truth, and the Life only through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross have been replaced with teachings of tolerance, love, feelings, self-esteem, sermons that don’t offend, and that many paths lead to heaven. People are dying Lord, and souls are eternally lost every day because they haven’t received the true gospel. May eyes be opened quickly to the everlasting Truth of Your Word.

In these times in which we live, we see nations planning to destroy each other many diligently seeking the means and the opportunity to destroy even us as a people and nation. Father, help us to never become arrogant, believing that we would always be immune to a devastating attack on our country either from outside our boarders, or from within. It’s only because of Your watchful eye and Your hand of protection that we’ve been allowed to let freedom ring. I fear that we as a people are no longer a God-fearing nation, but instead we have become a nation that has turned its back on You. We have abandoned the respect and reverence for You – Almighty God – and for the Biblical principles and values that once made our nation great. Lord, how long will Your patience endure? How long will Your cloak of protection continue to cover over us?

For such a time as this we must turn to You, we must lean on You, and we must renew our dependence and trust in You and in You alone. Father, Your Word promises that if we would humble ourselves, if we would pray and seek after You, and if we would repent turning away from our evil ways, then You would hear our cries of despair. Only then, will Your blessings be poured out on us again as You have promised restoring us and healing our land.

I pray that we as a people and a nation will do that for such a time as this all for Your glory. Forgive me, Lord, for I too have fallen short, and have not always lived a life that is pleasing to You. Help me in every way to bring honor to Your Name, for I love You and desire to do Your Will. I pray this and ask it in the matchless Name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord.

Amen!

During retirement, my prayer is that I might serve the Lord by sharing the Gospel through my writing. As the Lord leads, my work will inform, challenge and encourage. I also enjoy Biblical theme woodcarving, Bible studies and Christian music. Watch, pray and keep looking up!

Donald Mehl

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Today two colleagues retired and it brought to mind this retirement prayer, with benediction, that I wrote about fifteen years ago.

Retirement Prayer

 Our Father and God who art in heaven,

We are gathered here today acknowledging the service of the ……………. family to the United States of America. As we ought in all things, we first want to acknowledge You and Your Providence in providing life, health, desire, and the abilities within us to enable us to do all things; for without You we can do nothing.

God, as you have taught us by example when you rested from Your creation work on the seventh day of Earth, we know that there must come a day when we must rest from the work we have been doing. Today is such a day for ………………. But You also have shown us that, though Your rested from creation, You are still at work in our lives and in many other areas. So, too, must we continue in our after-service life.

We pray that the ………. family might be able to use their past experiences, successes, and yes, even their failures as a springboard to their future life. And I pray lastly, in the words of St. Augustine, not only for the ………….. family, but also for all gathered on this momentous occasion, that You teach us that “Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.” May we all be able to echo the words of the Apostle Paul on our retirement day, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is stored up for me the crown of life.”

We pray all this,

In the name of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 Benediction

   Lord, as we dismiss from this ceremony, may we not be dismissed from Your Presence. Be especially with …………….. and his family as they dismiss themselves from active duty service in the ……………………… and they enter into a world of new beginnings. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

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