Father’s Day is a day of great celebration for many…but what if Father’s Day is a day of great pain?
There are those who have experienced their much loved father’s death…those who are estranged due to abuse or their father having an affair and leaving the family…those who have been abandoned by their dad…and some never met their father because he died or left before they were born.
There are dads who will be in great pain today, too, due to having experienced a much treasured child’s death…dads who have a distant or complicated relationship with their child(ren)…dads who are grieving a child who never got to breathe one breath on earth due to miscarriage…or the child’s mother chose abortion.
There are dads who are serving in the military…or children who are serving, too.
There are some dads or children who are incarcerated as well.
There are some who have no idea where their dad or child is due to addiction or being a prodigal.
Some moms never revealed the identity of their child’s father and decided to raise their child by themselves.
Some adult kiddos have a spouse who will interfere with their relationship with their father today.
Some will flat out ignore their dad or child due to an argument or conflict that never got resolved.
For some, their grandparents are raising them.
For others, they have a single mom who is singlehandedly raising their precious children alone.
Not everybody has the blessing of going out to eat with their dad today (or celebrating with their children)…and there will be no happy Instagram or Facebook post.
Instead, there will be a void…a sadness…that will be greatly felt today.
While growing up, my dad was suddenly killed. Somebody’s selfishness ripped my father from our family.
And Father’s Day was hard.
At church, my Sunday School teachers would instruct us to draw a picture or make a special craft project to give to our dad as a Father’s Day gift.
As I watched my friends run up to their dads to excitedly give them their art work, and see them hugging them and holding their father’s hand…my heart just sunk. I felt out of place…like I didn’t belong.
My mom did a great job that day sharing how God was a good Father who cared.
My mom would later remarry and I eventually received one treasure of a dad. He’s amazing – absolutely wonderful – so I want to give a big shout out to all of the amazing men who step into the grand position of loving their bonus children.
Most importantly, today is a good day to celebrate the Ultimate Father — God.
God the Father will never leave or forsake us. He is always present. He knows every heartache, pain, frustration, and fact about our lives.
He assures us that He is a Father to the fatherless.
Family is extremely important to God…so important that He calls us family…and He greatly values us. He loves us and calls us His.
Psalm 68:5 says, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
Today, you are loved… treasured… valued… precious… important.
Whatever is hurting your heart today, God knows. And He cares.
Spend some time with God the Father today and allow His love to soothe and encourage your heart.
Psalm 103:13, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.”
Allow God’s great compassion to meet your heart’s needs today.
What if you feel “less than” today? Nothing could be further from the truth!
A quote I love and find very meaningful is:
“There are accidental parents, but there are no accidental children. There are illegitimate parents, but there are no illegitimate children. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did,” -Rick Warren
God planned for you and created you with His very own hands. You are here for a reason. You are more than accepted and totally valuable. Never doubt – and never forget – this awesome fact! http://peacewithgod.net
If you know a family member or friend who doesn’t have their father in their life…or a dad who is deeply missing his child, be sure to reach out to them to let them know you care. Compassion and empathy are very good gifts to extend to loved ones today.
Wishing everyone a blessed Father’s Day!
Gratitude & blessings,
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