As we approach Father’s Day, 2011, I encourage you to give thanks for the “fathers” who have been in your life. It has taken years for me to say these words : “I never knew my father.” I don’t have any idea what he looks like, what his mannerisms are, or how much like him I may be. This has been a mysterious void in my life. My hat goes off to men all over the world who have stepped up to the plate to fulfill their calling as a father.
I had the word “fathers” in quotation marks. Why? Even though I never knew my biological father, I had a wonderful grandfather and uncles who stood in the gap as I was growing up. I am sure there are others who have had people as surrogate dads for one reason or another.
Do we realize the importance of a father in a child’s life? It’s a given about the mother’s importance, but I believe we need to place just as high a value on the father’s place and not just on the third Sunday in June.
For whatever circumstance has occurred where the dad is not present, ask our Heavenly Father for someone to stand in the gap. He is the benchmark for the character of a father. He will provide people who can help fill the empty places as needed.
As you are reading, I’m sure some questions are in your mind. I have questions too. Perhaps the answers will come in another time or another place.
If you have been fortunate to have had a great father, thank the Lord. If otherwise, commit the lack of such a person in your life to the Lord. Our hearts were not meant to carry this burden alone. Let’s applaud fathers everywhere and not just on Father’s Day.