Father’s Day – what a fantastic idea! A time to call our dads or send a note or make them something special and let them know they’re loved. On the other hand, Father’s Day – what a horrible idea. A time to miss our dads and renew a sense of loss in our lives.
This blog is a caregiving blog, and as such I’ve written before about my dads – my own dad and my dad-in-law. Both men I admire greatly for their familial dedication, hard work ethics and commitment to God. Today is our second Father’s Day without either man around to thank and that makes me sad. My family just celebrated my niece’s wedding last weekend. The whole family was able to be there – except for my dad and my nephew. They are both awaiting Christ’s soon return and their resurrection from the grave. We all felt the loss although we chose to speak of it only very little.
Father’s Day. It used to be fun – now it’s an ouch that doesn’t quite heal, a loss that leaves an ache in one’s center.
For those out there who, like me, are reminded of losses on this Father’s Day, I want to remind you that you have a Father. I mean a present Father. One who loves unconditionally. A Father who cares daily. A Dad that will never leaves you and never forsake you. In those moments of loneliness, when the relationship to your earthly father is messed up, or gone, God promises us that he is a “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5)
God’s presence doesn’t remove the loss we feel about our earthly dads, but it certainly provides comfort and hope for things to come.
May God richly bless each of you this Father’s Day and may we each cling to our heavenly Father, until His soon return when we can all be whole and united.If you're feeling more loss than joy on this Father's Day... #InspireMeMonday #fathertothefatherless Click To Tweet
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