Well, Father’s Day is in 2 days. Some of you have already bought your dad a gifts and made “grill out” plans, while some of you just now remembered. It’s always interesting seeing that the older I get, and the more often I come across these annual holidays or specific dates every single year. And each time they’re different than the previous years.
It’s always different.
Now, we all come from different homes and different fatherly experiences. Some of us had fantastic fathers who came to all our baseball games, who taught us how to shave, who sat and read bedtime stories to us, who helped us move into our first dorm room. Some of us had a father who always worked, who we only saw show up five minutes after our piano recital and when he left for his job in the morning. Some of us had fathers who tried hard to balance providing and developing relationship with us. And some of us never knew our fathers.
Wherever you come from, no matter what kind of father you had (or didn’t have), you have to remember that there is a perfect Father who loves you. I have a wonderful father who has raised me well. Taught me thousands of priceless bits of wisdom. Taught me what it looks like to provide for your family with hard work, but also how to love and spend time with them. And has shown me how a man truly loves his wife. With all of his great qualities, my dad still fell short in many ways. But there is a Father who doesn’t fall short in any area.
Abba/Father/Daddy. The Creator of all. He is the best dad. It’s interesting to think how much we see this upcoming generation struggling with their identity, and straying so far from goodness. Why? Lack of father figures. Humans desperately need a father figure to grow and root us properly in love. It’s no coincidence that most individuals in trouble with the law, or have a drinking problem, or are pregnant outside marriage, etc. are the people who grew without a father. Some without a mother, too. But the Father is vital. Just the same as how husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church, Fathers are supposed to love their children the way God loved his Son (and ultimately all of us, since we’re his children, too). So when we lack that physical fatherhood, we end up missing out on the spiritual fatherhood.
So take a moment to acknowledge both of your fathers today. And encourage the earthly one. Tell him what a great representation of the heavenly Father he has been for you. Just love on them both.
So happy Father’s day, Pops.
And happy Father’s day, Abba.
I love you both.