June 19, 2009

It's Father's Day Weekend: What If I Didn't Have A Great Father?

I have posted here about my loving relationship with my father, of how much I miss him now that's he's passed on, etc. It's Father's Day weekend. A lot of us will take this time to be with our fathers, or to reflect on the times we shared with them, or both. Some of us will just enjoy all of the adulation and attention rightly given to good fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc. on this Sunday. Others will feel a sense of sadness, anger, or frustration because they didn't have the relationship they wanted to have with their fathers.

I have friends who don't have happy memories of their fathers. What is this weekend for them? Some have children and enjoy being the dad, but still miss their fathers. Some feel the lack of a father has cursed their lives. Some feel stressed and pressured to be "the world's greatest dad" to make up for their lack of a loving, fathering presence.

What does this weekend mean for those who don't have happy father-child memories?

It is a chance to experience and know a heavenly father--one who loves you perfectly, endlessly, and limitlessly. One who will never leave you, never die, never tire of listening to your joys, sorrows, problems, and progress reports! One who will always have an answer for your questions--perhaps not always the answer you want, but--a real answer to your real problems, an answer you can trust, believe in, and act upon. One who will show you how much He loves you and how pleased He is with you. Does it get any better than this?

Whatever part of you that seeks a father can have that longing fulfilled. God is waiting to hear from you.

"Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me." --Psalm 27:10

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