This morning during my quiet time, I realized Father’s Day is tomorrow.
I know. I am a little behind on things right now and it kind of snuck up on me!
But I thought a lot about fatherhood while journaling my prayers and what it means.
I poured out my heart to God. I am so thankful he is a Father to the fatherless.
My father died when I was 13- right at the end of my 9th grade year. I remember it like yesterday.
My father-in-law died last year when I was 41. The pain of his loss still echoes through my family.
My dad died suddenly due to a heart attack. My father-in-law died a slower death due to heart failure.
Both were equally painful.
I had the privlege of being at my father-in-law’s bedside when he drew his last breath. I had told him on the previous Father’s Day that he had been a father to me for more years than my biological dad had since his son and I had been married 23 years. I was astounded by that.
So many times through the years I have missed my father, but I had become so aware and grateful that my father-in-law had stepped right in and loved me as his own daughter when I married his son.
And somewhere in the last 28 years since my father’s death, I have also learned to let God fill the role of Father in my life.
I don’t quite remember exactly when that “lightbulb moment” happened. But I do distinctly recall the flood of tears that came when I realized I could call God, the Creator of the Universe, “Abba” – Daddy.
He is the ultimate Father.
His love never fails. It never ends. It is never self-serving.
He disciplines with love. He leads with love.
He extends grace and mercy.
He blesses his children and calls us by name.
He never grows weary. Ever.
He relentlessly pursues his children to have relationship with them.
He loves us when we are unloveable. He welcomes us home when we get lost.
He challenges and convicts when we need it, like a good father does. He loves us too much to let us get away with our stuff.
He encourages us. He exhorts us. He wants us to walk worthy of the life He has given us.
He never leaves or forsakes us.
He is dependable. Always available. Always listening.
He takes joy in us. He has incredible plans for us. We are his children.
He is The Father. Perfect.
While our earthly fathers still have our hearts, I am thankful we can call God, Father.
I hope as you are preparing to celebrate the father(s) in your life tomorrow (and they are so worth celebrating) that you will also take a few minutes to celebrate your Heavenly Father too- He takes such delight in you!