Happy Father's Day to my Heavenly Father; my Father who takes care of and raises up children who were fatherless until they realized they had an earthly Father who loves them unconditionally and doesn't abuse, spoil, neglect, hate, or abandon them.
Every year the depth of my upbringing creeps up on me and every year the realization of what a Father I have in God becomes more dear to me. Who loves me like God? No one.
Happy Father's Day to my husband, who is daily pushing himself to be ten times the man his body wants to allow him to be. It is amazing to see how our little boy looks up to him and drinks up the moments he has to play with his Daddy. Truly, it's a dream come true for Nicholas to be around to see his son grow and not be deployed under Obama's reign instead. He might be a different person than before he went to war, but he's still our son's Daddy, and that will never change. Who he is now is all our son has ever known. The realization probably brings great regret, but also I pray it brings comfort, because our son still sees him as his Daddy. "Daddy" is not a name or title I ever gave my father. Not once.
Happy Father's Day to those Dads out there who are in training and/or overseas, who are hoping with all they've got that their kids are safe and happy, missing them tons, and anticipating smeared fingerpaint cards and ugly pressed cookies from their little artists. Little girls are hugging Daddy Dolls and little boys are hugging pictures of their daddies in uniform.
Other kids are trying to be sensitive to those whose Daddies are incarcerated. Thousands are the product of dead-beats, who are struggling to find their identity in a lost world. Pray for these children, and for their mothers and their fathers and legal guardians.
Pray for pastors, who "father" entire congregations and deal with snot-nosed "kids" who think they know the Lord better than their pastor does. Pray for these spiritual father-figures who gently and humbly shepherd their flocks even if they are stubborn and don't want the truth.
Happy Father's Day to the daddies who are gone, but not forgotten. :'( So many hurt.
Happy Father's Day to the fathers who are stellar examples and make other less-desirable fathers jealous unintentionally because they love their wives and encourage their children, devoting their lives to bringing up covenant families who fear the Lord and revere His name in all their work and all their play. You are gems in a ravenous generation, and you need to know how worthy of congratulations you are. You have a massive job, being an example to the lost. Your children look up to you and want to be like you, and your wives want to spend all their time giving you reasons to praise them as they do all they do unto the Lord. You promote and provoke godliness in everyone you spend time with. You are the goal for many, and while you know there is pressure, you keep your focus where it belongs, and when you fall, you're not afraid to ask for help. You have honor, integrity, and most of all, you have love.
Happy Father's Day to the dads who seek no recognition. Your humility amazes me. If I were to compliment you, you'd either hate it, or you'd say you're unworthy. But I hope you continue to seek to be a better father, no matter how much you hate a recognition.
Happy Father's Day to the fathers who have messed up so badly they can't see their kids anymore. Today isn't happy for you, of course, but I hope you see that there are people out there thinking of you and hoping you make better decisions even with the consequences of your actions or situations. Be strong and take courage [in Christ]. It takes courage to admit you're wrong. It takes even more courage to "right" a wrong. Restitution is not a small matter.