|When my mother and father|
forsake me the Lord will
receive me. (Psalm 27:10)
I really wanted to say something about Father's day and after six years of blogging was surprised that I couldn't find a single post dedicated to the theme of fathers! Not even a weak hint of sentimentality to honor the day.
I wondered if other sisters were like me. Nursing Father wounds, having no significant relationship with their Dads and finding the celebration of Father's Day hard? To make things worse, I didn't even grow up with a viable substitute. No step dad, doting uncle, grand father was in my life. I was for all practical purposes, fatherless for many years.
Of course after awhile I learned to deflect these empty feelings to my sons, encouraging them to remember their Dad on this day and reminding my grand children to remember their own fathers. I also send cards to my brothers each year. But personally, Father's day had become for me a non-event!
My father has been dead 37 years. I've worked through the sadness of his mortal passing but occasionally grieve what he could have been in my life! I didn't like him much when he was alive, but with maturity learned to respect and appreciate his vital part in my existence.
I've long forgiven him for his deficiencies as a loving, supportive husband, and nurturing caregiver to his children. I have even summoned up compassion for what I perceived as his gross neglect of fatherly responsibilities. It is true, a person cannot give what they don't have! Yet inside of me was the yearning to be a Daddy's Girl!
Well here's the good news in this sad saga! I finally found the Father, that I've always wanted!
- He's Ever Present (Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 27:10 )- No Deadbeat or Absentee Dad!
- He's a Mighty Protector (Isaiah 43:2-3; Proverbs 3:12) - No Bully dare oppress me!
- He's a Faithful Provider (Psalms 24:1; Philippians 4:19 ) - Never missed a support payment!
- He Delights in Me (Isaiah 43:4; Zephaniah 3:17 - I'm the apple of His eye!
- He Loves me Unconditionally (Luke 15:20-24; Romans 5:6-8) - I never worry my faults will turn Him away!
- He Enjoys my Company (I Corinthians 1:9; Psalm 116:1; I John 5:14) - I can call Him any time and talk to Him about anything for as long as I want!
When I stopped brooding over the biological father I had and embraced my true Father in heaven, I learned to appreciate the multitude of blessings He provides. I celebrate the times we sing and dance together. Our talks in the middle of the night. Our long and glorious walks through every season and the joy He brings to what could be a dull and mundane life! I AM NOT FATHER-LESS, I AM FATHER-FILLED (Psalm 68:5)
Now I can wake up every day, open my curtains and say to the sun,
Good Morning DAD...
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
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