Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day. I used to view Father’s Day from my point of view. I have a pretty great dad. He worked hard. He believed in God. He tried to be a good father. I was punished when I misbehaved.Then I viewed Father’s Day from the viewpoint of a Christian. My heavenly Father loves me unconditionally and I honor him for that.As life went on, my husband become a father. I began to see Father’s Day from my children’s viewpoint. I saw my husband being a father, how he loved his children and did his best to provide for them.Then my father and my husband’s father became ill with dementia. Father’s Day became more precious and a bit more urgent. Some day we will lose our fathers completely and they will no longer be on this earth.There are those I know who have lost their fathers recently. This day is spent remembering their fathers. I know others who did not have a good relationship with their fathers or any relationship at all. This is a hard day for them. Where do they turn? How do they celebrate Father’s Day?All of us have a heavenly Father that we can focus on. One who is there for us at all times. One who will never leave us. One who is capable of helping us. One who wants to help us, now, today. It is to him we cry out.Psalm 143: 6-10I remembered the old days,   went over all you’ve done, pondered the ways you’ve worked,Stretched out my hands to you,   as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain.Hurry with your answer, God!   I’m nearly at the end of my rope.Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!   That would be certain death.If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,   I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.Point out the road I must travel;   I’m all ears, all eyes before you.Save me from my enemies, God—   you’re my only hope!Teach me how to live to please you,   because you’re my God.Lead me by your blessed Spirit   into cleared and level pastureland.

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