Tomorrow is Father’s Day. I was at Walmart awhile ago to pick up toothpaste, and there were last-minute, Father’s Day shoppers, looking at large, cotton t-shirts with humorous slogans or Spiderman on them, fishing poles, 47-inch plasma HD t.v.’s, etc.
For other people, the idea of a father (dad, daddy, papa) brings up either sadness because their dad has passed away and they deeply miss him, or because of bad childhood memories – fathers who were workaholics, emotionally or physically MIA, cold, distant, critical, or even abusive verbally, physically, or sexually. Father’s Day is a painful day for these sons and daughters, one they would just rather forget.
If your father has died or wasn’t a good dad, I want to encourage you that we have a heavenly Father who is always there for you and me, a good Father who deeply loves and forgives us. (John 3: 16) His love is unconditional, his mercy new every morning. (Lamentions 3: 22-23) He will never leave or abandon us. (Hebrews 13: 5)
God is not like your earthly father, but one who cries over the things that hurt your heart, even putting your tears in His bottle (Psalm 56: 8). He delights in you, and even sings and dances over you with His love. (Zephaniah 3: 17) God made you, and thinks your face is beautiful and your voice is sweet. (Song of Solomon 2: 14) In fact, God sees you as his piece de resistance – His showpiece that He desires to display for His glory!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2: 10, New Living Translation)
Tomorrow, as we celebrate Father’s Day, thank all the men in your life who you wish to honor as fathers. It’s not an easy role. And be sure to tell God “Happy Father’s Day,” too! He’d rather hear that than even have a big, HD t.v. 🙂