Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Yesterday was Father’s Day. I admire and respect the role of fathers as instituted by God. In fact, I don’t feel fathers are given the respect they deserve. Yes, there are fathers that do not live up to their fatherly responsibilities but neither does society encourage them in those duty, nor does media depict the role of Father in its proper light. Over the past couple weeks, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on fathers and their unique and important role in the lives of their children and their love for their children.
Let’s top up our coffees and I will share my thoughts…
There are a few particular events that have occurred the past couple weeks that have got me reflecting and admiring those men whose hearts and lives are and have been committed to their children and families. The first event that occurred was the birth of my dear friend’s first grandchild on June 7. Among the photos and videos I saw was the baby’s father. There was one where he was dressed in a hospital gown patiently waiting to do whatever the doctor permitted him to do, and another photo of him just sitting watching over his new born pre-mature daughter, as she rested in her incubator. Then, on the same day, my daughter sent a snapchat photo of my son-in-law with his hand on my daughter’s tummy, with the caption, “His hand is forever on my tummy!” The innate sense of love and protection of these young men has been on my mind and has melted my heart these past couple weeks. Their hearts are for their new babies. They weren’t given a manual or a text book. They just know these little miracles, that have stolen their hearts, are their responsibility. Then, later the same day, I read the congratulatory words that my husband expressed to my girlfriend’s husband, the new grandpa, and what a great grandpa he will be because he is such a great Dad. These words also made me reflect upon my husband, and the old saying that ‘it takes one to know one’.
All these Fathers, new and veteran, have something in common. No they are not perfect, but they have given all they know how to give to care for, love and protect their children and the mother of their children. They may not be as visually busy and fussing around, nor as outwardly mushy as we moms can be, but they are quietly watching over and worrying about and protecting their families. Speaking only from personal experience, I have found that mothers may worry about their children’s daily needs and psychological and emotional well-being, which is all very important, but I feel that fathers’ hearts turn to their child’s basic needs, their child’s survival, and therefore the importance to provide safety, to put a roof over their head and food on the table. And for that I give thanks for all the Dads that have given their lives to protecting and caring for your children and their wife, and for showing them, if even just a glimpse, what it means to having a father who loves them with their life, unconditionally. It is in your actions that these children grow up to be loving, committed, caring and God-trusting individuals, and for the young men to know what it means to be a good Father.
Unfortunately, many children are not raised with fathers that have given themselves to their children, for whatever reason and, unfortunately, because of sin in this world, there can be a multitude of reasons. However, may there be a person in each child’s life that guides that precious soul to the knowledge of the love that their Heavenly Father has for them; a love that is abundantly greater than any human father can give. As mentioned above, no father is perfect, and some children are plagued with parental deficiency in their days, but it is my prayer that these children know how much our Heavenly Father, through Jesus our Saviour, loves them and desires to be their protection and hope for the future. God is our ultimate Father, but he has given men the desire to be for their children the protector and overseer that allows children to see a glimpse of what God’s self-sacrificing love means for them. Thanks and God bless you, Dads!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank-you for your unconditional love and protection. Thank-you for your ultimate act of self-sacrifice of my behalf by sending your one and only son to pay the penalty of my sin. Thank-you for drawing me back to you. Finally, thank-you for my Dad and all those Godly men that take seriously the role of being the father you desire them to be for the precious souls you put in their lives. Help those men that struggle with the responsibilities and their own sinful temptations, to find strength in you to be the father you desire them to be for their children and their mother.
Reflection: If you are a Father, or parent, take time to just give your children a hug and tell them you love them today. Then, think of the men in your own life who have supported and guided you in your life. Take time to contact them – telephone, text, email- and say thank-you. They may have never known how they impacted your life.