Father’s Day is almost here. It is a day to honor and remember fathers and those men that have influenced our lives. I have been so fortunate to have had not only two Christian men as fathers, but also my grandfathers and uncles were as well. The memories I have and am still making are priceless. Having a husband that prays with me is a treasure, too. Every marriage needs God in it. Seeing the Christian man my son is brings joy to my soul as does knowing my daughter married one, too. Godly men come in all ages and are all important.
Who are the men that influence you or have influenced you? Are you honoring them on Father’s Day? Are you making them feel loved and respected? Two of the worst feelings are being ignored or forgotten. Don’t do that to them. Remember all the good times you have shared and reminence with them. Tell them how important they are and what a good job they are doing or have done. Let them know they are appreciated and adored. Encourage the young fathers.
For a long time Father’s Day was rough for me. After losing Daddy the last thing I wanted to do was celebrate fathers. It was a day of sadness and tears for me. I was so young then. God changed that and now I can rejoice in my blessings on Father’s Day. Abba gifted me with Dad almost forty years ago. Dad is awesome. The relationship we have is much different than the one I had with Daddy. Child verses adult, but the love is equally strong. The memories I have with my Daddy are happy memories of the past, and the memories of Dad are still being made. Those are definitely happy ones, too. He is a precious man and I treasure him. His wisdom and values are immeasurable. He is a great role model for the men in our family. Dad loves God and family. He has a servant’s heart.
Uncles equal happy memories for me. When I think of my uncles images of drives in the country, picnics, camping, family gatherings and fun pop into my head. Jokes and partial verses of songs come to mind, too. Uncles are just fun. They laugh, joke, tease, and love. I have one uncle left here on Earth. Dad’s brother could pass as his twin, and I know he loves me dearly as I do him. His laugh is contagious, just like my Dad’s.
How about those grandfathers? Are you fortunate enough to still have yours? So many times I want to ask one or the other of mine something. I want to hold their hands. See the twinkle in their eyes. Hear their loving raspy voices. I miss them.
Don’t for one minute take for granted something that could be taken away in the blink of an eye. Show love now. Tell family how important and loved they are. Pray for God to protect them. If you have grandchildren, be an influential, loving grandparent. If you are a parent, set a good example. Guide and direct them in God’s ways. This Father’s Day, don’t forget the greatest, best of all Fathers. Jehovah, God our Creator and Father. He has provided the perfect example of love.
Happy Fathers Day to my husband, Dad, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in, nephew, and Uncle G! To all the countless men, cousins and friends, who have helped us, I remember and thank you. You are appreciated, loved and respected. To my Father God, thank you for the perfect care you give us. Thank you for fathers.
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”