Prayer for Dad

Dad, Mom, and BethMy dad (Charles H. Richardson) passed away at 9:53 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7. I was on my way to the airport to fly to Oklahoma. I shared Psalm 139 and this prayer at his service on Friday.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the life of your servant, Charles. We knew him as father, husband, uncle, grandfather, preacher, musician, photographer, artist, compassionate listener and friend. We loved him and we saw glimpses of you in his photographs of mountains, flowers, and sunsets; in the way he loved chocolate pie or made pancakes for breakfast; in hikes in the mountains or trips to the zoo. We heard your voice through his sermons, his prayers, the songs he sang, the music he played, his infectious laugh, his telling of stories. We felt your love through his smile, his hugs, his gentle presence, his willingness to listen, to give, to be present with others.

Comforting God, we miss your servant, Charles, our father, husband, grandpa, uncle, friend and colleague. We give you so much thanks for his life and for the privilege of knowing him for this short time on earth. Be present with us in our loss. Comfort us in our grief. When we are overcome with sadness, sit with us and wrap us in your love.

We thank you, we praise you for your many gifts, but especially for the gift of Charles. It’s in great gratitude for this gift that we pray in your name. Amen.

Here is a link to the obituary for my dad.

9 thoughts on “Prayer for Dad”

  1. It does not seem too much of a stretch to see him helping Heaven prepare for Jesus’ coming to Earth those years ago as a baby to grow and give us such lessons to live by.

  2. This is very beautiful Beth and it is evident that his love for God, family and friends lives on through you as do many of his skills and talents. As he blessed so many, we too, are blessed by you. Prayers and warm thoughts are with you.



  3. What a beautiful prayer Beth. I can only imagine how tough it would be to speak at a parent’s funeral service. That prayer was truly an insight to your love of your earthly father and your heavenly one as well.

  4. Thanks, KD. It was such an honor to be able to speak. I will treasure that opportunity. Blessings to you in this holy season.


  5. Wow! Your dad’s fingerprints are all over your life with your similar talents and qualities. What a wonderful man. I’m sorry for your sadness and loss, and grateful to you for sharing your father’s legacy with us/me. It enriches my relationship with my own, 91-year old dad. Wishing you all God’s blessing, D

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