Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. I hope each and every one of you have a relaxing, joyful day.I’ve talked about my dad in other posts I’ve written. Seems to be a subject I like.
My dad died in 1980, from a massive heart attack, a couple months after his 62nd birthday. He is dearly missed.
Fathers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They come in all kinds of colors and dispositions. Some are stormy. Some are calm. Some are demonstrative with their affection. Others are not. Some are actively involved in their children’s lives. Others are absent, and couldn’t care less.
I’ve mentored juveniles in our prison system, who had less than kind words to say about the men who contributed to their birth. Flip-side, I’ve been around children who couldn’t wait to spend time with their dads.
Good dads. Not so good dads. Both abound.
When I created a counted cross-stitch sampler for Pilot, one Father’s Day, I had trouble deciding between stitching the saying, Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, or A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but always a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
I picked the second message, partly because of the nautical reference.
No matter what our earthly fathers, dads, may be like, or have been like, we have an amazing Father in Heaven. He is unlike any father we could ever know, or even imagine. His love is unfailing. It never ends. God’s love doesn’t depend on how good we are. Sure, our Heavenly Father disciplines us, and that hurts, but he does it because he loves us too much to leave us in our sin. He doesn’t want us to be separated from him.
Our Heavenly Father wants what is best for us. He loved us so much, he sacrificed his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, so we could have a way to live with God in Heaven.
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
I John 3:1 The Message
High Valley sums up how some of our earthly dads may have shown us their love. Even when we didn’t realize that’s what they were doing, at the time.
Author, Michael K. Reynolds, has an excellent post on his blog, Real Life. Real God. Is This the Best Father’s Day Present…Ever? Stop by and check it out.
I wish you well.
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Having a good dad is such a blessing. And our heavenly Father is the best dad of all. Thanks, Sandy.
Thanks for commenting, Mary. Whether our dads are great, or not so much, the best thing is who our heavenly Father is.
Good post. A few weeks ago, God graciously let me meet a sin face to face. And as I stood there feeling dirty and unlovable I asked Him, or rather told Him, that I just can’t understand how He could love someone like me. And these words were impressed into my mind and onto my heart, “I love you because of who I am, not because of who you are. We are so blessed to have a loving Father.
Amen, Tiffany. Aren’t we glad God does not treat us as our sins deserve, and that He loves us even still? He must have been speaking to both of us at the same time. 🙂 Stay tuned for my 6/27 & 7/2 post where I share what God showed me about envy, and a judgmental spirit.