Friday, June 13, 2014
(The Not So) Happy Father's Day
"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
Father's Day is upon us. This is my first not knowing what it's like to send a card, make that phone call, and buy a special gift for my Dad. I can't begin to describe the emptiness, the hollow place I feel within. That place that only my Dad, who loved me unconditionally and of whom I could always be proud, filled and satisfied.
How I wish I didn't have to drink from this cup . . .
I am fully cognizant that I'm not the only one of us out here for whom Father's Day is a time of sadness and precious, poignant memories. So many in my age bracket have lost one or both parents in recent years. Even when prolonged illness foreshadows the inevitable, the loss is never easy. The passage of time may ease the grief we feel, but nothing can erase the love we remember and the joys shared with our dads and moms.
So, if you, like me, are finding this coming Father's Day difficult and painful to bear, I hope you will, with me, remember that we have our eternal Daddy, our Abba, in heaven. He is there to comfort us when we mourn, to count and wipe away every tear shed, and to gather us to Himself as His precious children.
God is everlasting, ever present. And, in Him, all things are possible.
And, I take immeasurable comfort knowing that my Daddy is in His loving embrace.
Prayer: On this Father's Day, dear Abba, bless all the dads and step-dads whose love and presence are especially celebrated at this time. Give comfort to all who have lost a parent and for whom this day is one of sorrow. May we always know, dearest Daddy, that we can run to you and climb up in Your lap when we are missing a parent's embrace. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen
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