Father’s Day

June 12, 2013

Growing up, I thought that every family on earth was perfect except for mine. I was certain that each of my friends had two problem-free parents who took their kids to Disney World every summer.  I just knew that I was the only kid in the world who had to keep quiet about what was really going on under her roof.
As an adult, I’ve learned that every family has their own struggles. And some are nothing more than strangers with the same last name. Dealing with family can be difficult and making conversation with those you’re related to can take great effort. Why else is social media so popular? It’s easy to be social without having to be around others.
Regardless of the complexity of any situation, God gives us the strength to endure. He calls us to commune with each other. He refuses to let us respond to difficult people and situations the way we want. And let’s be honest, that stinks sometimes. Some people just need a good telling off and some situations make you want to walk away and never look back. But the Father, who never leaves, disappoints, or abuses, uses His love and wisdom to guide us in all relationships. And if we desire peace, mercy, and grace, we’ll let Him determine our attitude and course of action.
As Father’s Day approaches and I think of my dad and the terminal disease that took his young life, I don’t see the days of doubt. Nor do I see the excessive bargaining he made with God or even the times he lashed out at those who cared for him. I’m not aware of any of those instances but I’m sure they took place because he was human. And humans, even those who love God with all their heart, when faced with their own demise, panic. It’s normal. Even expected.
But there are some who, after they’ve been knocked to their knees, stand, catch their breath, and move onward. Not beautifully. Not even courageously but onward, slowly limping to the feet of Jesus despite pain, grief, and the unknown.
I am thankful for an earthly father who continued to love God and preach the Christ until he had no voice because his voice lives on in the lives of his children.

Likewise, I’m thankful for a wise husband who continues to show me love and grace. God gave me a beautiful gift when he introduced me to him and I’m a better person because of it.

I’m also thankful for a fun, loving brother who spends his life in service to others. I’m proud of the husband and father he has become.

And I’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who continues to bless me with opportunities and adventures beyond my wildest imagination.   
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men who love their families the way Jesus does. 

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