Father’s Day was this past weekend. It is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those Dads that we want to show some love. There are so many wonderful men that lead and love their family well. I’m so thankful for this day to celebrate THEM!
Father’s Day can also be challenging for those of us who have lost our dad, or no longer have a relationship with him. Some of us had wonderful dads that we lost too soon, some had dads that lived a long, loving fulfilled life. Others never had a relationship or have a strained one with their father. In any circumstance, the day can be difficult.
My personal story is is that I had an amazingly loving dad that died at the young age of 42. He was a wonderful support, loving, gentle and fun. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 40 and battled for two years. I was at the awkward age of 11 when he died, so there was a lot going on in those developmental years. I had wonderful men that did, and have continued, to show up in my life. Those men, giving me a wonderful picture of what a father looks like. None could ever replace my Dad, but so thankful for what they taught me.
I’ve learned many things through all of these years without my father. So many seasons and changes and personal growth has happened. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I am NOT father-less. I have a perfect father in Christ Jesus. He is EVERYTHING I need, and I feel abundantly blessed that I am a child of the King. It took many years of suffering, searching and praying. It didn’t come without hurt and heartbreak. Many lessons learned and work of the Lord.
Today, I confidently approach Father’s Day without mourning or sadness or suffering. Over the years it has become a day of rejoicing. Rejoicing for the father I had, the men that have come along, and the confidence I hold in my Heavenly Father, Jesus. That He will sustain me, and lead me better than ANY earthly father could.
If you are in a place of suffering and mourning the loss of your father today. I hear you, I feel you, I understand that treacherous path that it can be. I’m praying for you today. That the Lord would strengthen and guide you in a way that you never have been before. That you would find your strength and peace in the Father that never fails and never leaves, Jesus.