Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and soon-to-be dads! In roughly 6 weeks’ time (if everything goes as planned), my wife and I will be parents to a little baby boy. As such, it is very fitting that I write a blog post right around Father’s Day.
Father’s Day can mean a lot different things to a lot of different people. For some, it’s a time to honor their dad and celebrate what he means to them, but for others, it might be a reminder of what they are missing and things they have never experienced.
For my wife, who lost her dad at a young age, Father’s Day has come and gone each year without a thought. It is a reminder of something she never had the opportunity to experience. For a friend of mine, Father’s Day is a cruel reminder of the father who left him as a child and who does not want to be a part of his life. It is a reminder of how his father has let him down and forsaken him and his mom. For me, this year, Father’s Day not only means honoring my father but looking forward to my own chance to be a father in a few weeks. It is a reminder of the blessing I have had to have a loving, caring man in my life and give me something to aspire to for my own son.
Ultimately, what stands out to me this Father’s Day is that even though we have had widely different experiences with our earthly fathers, our Heavenly Father is constant.
1. He is always there. As Matthew 18:12-14 illustrates, we are His sheep, and He will always pursue us:
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
2. He loves us. 1 John 3:1 tells us,
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
3. He protects us. Matthew 6:26 says,
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
To the orphans who have lost their fathers, to the children who have been abandoned by their fathers, to those who have been blessed to know their fathers, and everyone in between, know that you all have a Heavenly Father who will love you, protect you and will always be there for you. I hope everyone can enjoy this Father’s Day feeling our eternal Father’s presence and peace.