Fatherhood is a job that cannot be fully described because it takes on so much. Not just creating the child but strengthening, protecting, guiding, teaching biblical values, and providing as children grow is only part of the job. I’m grateful for all the faithful fathers in my life!
This time last year I posted a Happy Father’s Day message to six men and within 365 days our family has lost three of them. My father-in-love in July 2017, my grandfather shortly before Christmas, and my husband’s grandfather just last Monday. As I’m writing this, I seriously can’t believe how much we have dealt with in one year but God has comforted us through it all. Our family is grateful and blessed to have had many years with these phenomenal Christian men before they rested.
Over the years I have been so confused at how minimal emphasis is placed on Father’s Day because the Father is extremely important to every child. I know every paternal relationship is not perfect but that can all change with forgiveness. Choosing to forgive and move forward is important to create a loving, peaceful environment. Both you and your father deserve that. If your father has passed on, you can still forgive, make peace, and move forward.
Let each of us make today about the special men in our lives! Buy some cards or make some with your children for the fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and uncles that make a difference. Call or Video chat with them, (DO NOT text) and spend a couple of minutes expressing gratitude. If your father is no longer here, join in with other family members to appreciate your uncle or grandfather. A balloon release is another way to remember your loved one and even younger children can participate in that. Visiting a nursing home or Senior Care facility is a great way to spread the love on Father’s Day too.
Hope your week is off to a grand start. Enjoy the day celebrating your father or the father figures in your life.
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