Happy Father’s Day – from God

Our Daddy when we need Him

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.

My two fathers (my dad and my father-in-law) on my wedding day. I miss them both and am thankful for my heavenly Father.

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.

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  • As we begin to discover the deep sadness that surrounds some of these more tender holidays, it’s comforting to be reminded of the truth that this life is only the beginning, and there is so much more going on behind the scenes than we can even imagine. Maybe that’s why the Bible says for us to “comfort one another with these words.”

    • Exactly so, Michele – thanks for your wise words!

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  • I missed my father yesterday on Father’s Day but I am grateful for the memories I have of him. He was such a good man and one that showed me our heavenly Father.

  • I go through this more with my mother’s loss than my father’s. My father was an alcoholic and, although I knew he loved me in his own way, we didn’t have a particularly easy relationship. He did come to know the Lord about six years before he died, and I rejoice that he is with “the spirits of just men made perfect.” (Hebrews 12:23). Even though he never apologized for anything from my childhood, I know that where he is now, knowing what he knows now, he would if he could, and that takes the sting out the conflicted feelings I had when he passed. But many times have I rejoiced in and rested in the love and care of my heavenly Father.

    • I think trusting and resting in our Heavenly Father is the most important thing. Because even the “good” earthly fathers mess up. I’m sorry you have such painful memories and I pray God helps you find more and more peace each day!

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  • JeanneTakenaka

    Carol, I’m so sorry you’ve lost both of your fathers. they play such a vital role in our lives, don’t they? I always need the reminder that we have an ever-present Heavenly Father who can meet our every need. May He be your comfort on those days when the missing is strong.