Make it a Happy Father's Day
We wish all the fathers among us a very happy Father’s Day.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910. The day was introduced to celebrate fatherhood and honour fathers, as we ought to do. However, this day is also one where we remember that for many this is a sad day, for it can remind one of the less than ideal relationship they have had (and continue to have) with their father or child. For some, there has been no such relationship.
The day forces us to think about our relationship with our own father. Perhaps there has been a break down in trust, or you feel betrayed, or that they were too busy with other things to give you time. Perhaps you did not have the opportunity to have any relationship.
It also may cause fathers among us to think about our relationship with our children – the times of joy as well as perceived shortfalls and failings.
Sadly, all of these are a reality in our world today. And one of the resulting difficulties is that it can then be difficult to comprehend the type of heavenly Father that God is. He is the one who sent his One and Only Son into the world to die so that you might have the opportunity to have a relationship with him. That is how much he loves us. It is a love that is not limited to the hypothetical. He went to extreme lengths because of it.
May I encourage us, this Father’s Day, to reflect on the relationship that our heavenly father so desperately wants with us? The Bible puts it like this: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).