Father’s Day Thoughts

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Me and My Daddy!

With June around the corner, my thoughts turn to Father’s Day and how grateful I am to have such a strong, wise and kind father, both on this earth and in heaven.

Last summer, my dad went in for a stress test that wasn’t really necessary, or so we thought. He almost cancelled it. After all, he was riding his bike, playing tennis, gardening, and always had a project in his shop. One of his many hobbies is building birdhouses and painting them. He’s very proud that a family of bluebirds has chosen to live in one of them: 


No one thought much about the fact that my dad was having a stress test, and no one was surprised when he insisted on completing a full two minutes, even though the nurse said he could stop after one minute. He wanted to challenge himself and did not feel that he had been appropriately pushed. It was during the last seconds of the second minute when the monitor showed a problem, and he was sent to have an angiogram.

Apparently there are many false readings on stress tests, so we just figured that was probably the case for my dad. We were wrong once again. The angiogram showed 4 serious blockages. He was scheduled for bypass surgery in about 1 week. Plans were changed, and I flew out to be there once he was released from the hospital.

To make a long story short, my dad is recovering well and is almost back to where he was before the surgery. It’s nine months later, and he’s doing everything he did before, except playing tennis. He amazes and inspires all of us! 

I feel very blessed. My dad is active and happy again. On a personal level, I am so grateful to have known and still know the comfort and joy of being unconditionally loved by my father (and mother too for that matter)! Of course, my father disciplined me as a child, and I was fearful of causing him displeasure. My dad is an imperfect human being like the rest of us, and I’m sure he made mistakes. But all of that was balanced by tons of love, and I’m grateful that he cared enough for me to do what it took to set me on the right path in life.

So for me, it has never been a difficult leap to understand and trust that my Father God loves and guides me in the same way. 

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him."  

Psalm 103:13

In fact, God knows how to do it even better!

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” - Matthew 7:9-11

Jesus even came to earth to teach us more about our Father in heaven. He said:

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” - Matthew 6:26

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”  – Matthew 18:12-14

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” - 1 John 3:1 

Jesus himself told us that we are highly valued by God. If we wander off, God will seek us relentlessly and rejoice when we are found. God himself has lavished his love on us, his children! And that love extends to generations of those who love and fear him:

"But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!” - Psalm 103:17-18

I hope you are able to celebrate with an earthly father this Father’s Day. But even if you can’t, you can rejoice that you have the BEST DADDY EVER: Our Father in heaven!

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