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A Father's Loving Prayer

Updated on May 17, 2012
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A Father’s Loving Prayer


Dr. Darryl Winer

Today, as a father, I pray.

Since you can’t be a father without a child, I guess this is actually Children’s Day.

Thirty-one years ago I prayed, as a first time Father-very-soon-to-be. My beautiful wife gloriously doing the job for us that only she could do, apparently did not only have an 8 pound baby boy reminding her of where her bladder was, but must have had his ultimate 6 foot 4 inch potential in there as well.

We have all heard the old phrase about a mother- to-be “having a bun in the oven”. Well, using that image, going anywhere exotic (say, to the bathroom) required moving both the bun and the oven.

Cursing gravity, and invoking advanced physics, along with some well designed equipment (cranes, forklifts, hoists - you get the idea) my doubled bundle could successfully be transported from place to place. Successfully, yes. Comfortably, not so much.

Every major excursion, getting out of bed for example, required planning, a few preemptory stretches, some jumping jacks, a sit-up or two, a steeling of the will, a spreadsheet and line diagram, and a calm, smiling, and sincere, “Yes, my love we can do this.”, as we interlocked hands and wrists. My feet firmly on the floor, hers, which she hadn’t seen in some time, not knowing where the floor was, much less finding it.

And then, again, I prayed.

The trip to the hospital, finally, with my car inexplicably pulling towards the right, was uneventful. As were the ensuing events there. It seems hospitals have commercial grade equipment designed for these specific instances. Burly orderlies, freight scales, rolling heavy duty beds, oversized bathroom fixtures, and freight elevators. Who knew?

Amazingly, my car’s apparent alignment problem had solved itself on the trip home.

Every day (and certainly every Children’s Day) thereafter, I prayed as that boy began growing into his potential and his shoes. Both, now, of impressive size.

Five years later, almost to the day, I prayed, as a second time Father-very-soon-to-be. A seven pound baby girl, along with what we now know was her own personal gravity, was anxious to begin getting on with herself.

Drawing upon prior experience, an intervening workout program, and a five year old to help guide and clear the way, the incubator could, once again, be maneuvered into pre-launch position.

New car, suddenly the same alignment problem. Hmmm?

I knew how to do this, I prayed double time.

The seven pounder, through a stunning force of personality, draws everyone into her orbit. Indeed, like the old artillery eight pound cannons, she’s only a bit smaller but packs the same wallop.

Every day I pray triple time, for the boy, the girl and their mother.

This is Father’s Day. Every day is.

Not cards, ties, watches, or bottles of liquor.

Healthy, loving, compassionate, and happy children. And their mother.

Today, I prayed. Again.

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Stephen-

      Balancing the demands of home life with work life is often not an easy task. Nonetheless, those minutes/hours with your children will refresh and energize you such that your other duties may be easier. Certainly your personal satisfaction with your life will be enhanced. Most importantly, though, the lives of your children will be improved from each shared moment.

      Thanks for taking the read.


    • StephenCowry profile image


      6 years ago

      For some Fathers I think there's lesser time given to children because of his role in the family to go out working for everyone's benefit. But, I salute to some of those who'd make time for their children. That's an incredible job to do. Nice message here. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks Perspycacious-

      Truth in the rendering and the underlying emotion. Sometimes it is just so easy to write that it seems to spill forth.


    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Our biographical recountings always have the one essential ingredient: truth the reader can feel. Well done, dad (and mother)

    • profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Beyond-

      Yes, right from the heart.

      I wanted a picture at the end that really summed up the thought. Couldn't go wrong with a professional photo of Elizabeth Taylor and (then) husband Mike Todd and baby.


    • BeyondMax profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, what a beautiful heart-warming story, I was smiling and tearing up at the same time, how loving! Amazing pictures to go with it, such a sweet Prayer.


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