American Veteran 04

Jere Richard Young

August 20, 1930 ~ May 21, 2022 (age 91)


Jere R. Young - Gordonsville, TN native
Born:  August 20,1930   Passed:  May 21, 2022 

My long life was blessed with many family members, great friendships, some life successes and some failures. I served my country during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Navy. I, now, wish to be remembered as serving others by sharing a blessing to all fathers.  I’ve failed many times in this area and would like to see that others do not make the same mistakes that I did. Therefore, I submit a rendering of A Prayer for All Fathers, by Matt Haviland. 
Father in Heaven, we come to You today humbled and in awe of Your grace and mercy. Lord, we thank You for the way You have designed what a family is supposed to look like and the specific roles You have ordained to a mother and a father of how to lead their children. Yet Lord, through our sinful ways, we have taken what You have made holy and created our own version of today’s family. Because of this, our children have suffered and are suffering. It is for the fathers, families, and children of our nation we pray today. 
Lord, we pray specifically for fathers and fatherhood across our land. Your Word clearly instructs fathers to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4). We thank You, Lord, for the men who are leading according to Your statutes and ones that are laying their lives down for Your purposes. We pray that You will continue to use these men to lead their families and other men. We pray You will strengthen the fathers in our nation and that You will continue to empower churches, organizations, and individuals to invest in fathers and fatherhood for the sake of our children. 
We lift-up single fathers, whether they are raising their children alone or if they are doing the best they can with the time they have with their children. We pray for strength, protection, wisdom, and discernment to help them through whatever trials they may be facing. Thank You Lord for these men and please guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, help meet all their needs, that they may experience Your peace.  The peace that surpasses all understanding. 
We pray for the dads out there who are being alienated from their children. Lord, shield them and shelter them from pain and possible anger that may be rising in them. We ask that you strike down barriers that are hindering these dads from seeing their children. Lord do not let this destroy them as men, as fathers, or in their relationship with You.  They need You in a mighty way and we pray You would show Yourself strong on behalf of anyone that is being alienated from their children and that You would reunite these families. 
We lift-up dads that are not stepping up to the plate as fathers. Once again, we have allowed the evil one to get into our lives and wreak havoc on what You have said is good. We pray for these men to come to their knees, that they would turn from their misguided ways, seek You, and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. We, also, pray for their children and the moms who are parenting alone because of these men’s decisions. We ask that You step in as a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows in these situations, that their story would be another testimony that nothing is too hard for You. 
Finally, we lift-up the men and women that are on the front lines in the battle for fatherhood and the war against fatherlessness. We pray for a revival of manhood and for fathers to lead their families by beginning each day on their knees. Your Word says that You will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6). You are our Creator, Savior, and Heavenly Father, that all things are possible with You. May generational curses be turned around and into generational blessings, restoring our families back to the way that You intended. We come into agreement as we read and speak this prayer out loud that this is a nation desperate not only for our earthly fathers to rise to the challenge, but more importantly, that they need to follow You, Father, as their ultimate guide and example. It is in the name of Jesus Christ that we pray, Amen. ? 
Friends, that about sums it up for now. Thank you for being my friend, for loving me, to those that may have feelings otherwise, please forgive me for my shortcomings. Goodbye for now. Let us make sure we see each other on the other side. I’ll be there. (John 14:1-6) 
There is no service planned. Please spend time with the ones you care about before they leave their earthly home.  

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