I lost my dad when I was young, so Father’s Day has always been painful. My mom remarried when I was thirteen, but let’s just say my stepfather wasn’t exactly an example of healthy fatherhood.
Yet I’ve never had any particular trouble relating to God as a loving Father. My own dad loved me to the moon and back when he was alive, but since I lost him when I was so young, I knew that wasn’t the only reason I was able to see God in a reasonably healthy way. One day I realized I did still have a loving male role model in my life even after my dad passed away: my grandpa. (In fact, I had two amazing grandpas, but since I spent significantly more time with my maternal grandfather, he is the one to whom I was closest.)
My grandparents were an oasis of calm and stability in a not-so-stable childhood. They loved me (and my brother and sister) unconditionally. I miss them terribly.
So today, on Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to honor the grandpas. And the uncles. And the friends. And the mentors. And anyone else who stepped up and stepped in when there was no daddy present. Never underestimate the power of your contribution. Never underestimate the power of love.
To a hurting kid, sometimes just a few kind words matter. Sometimes just being accepted for who you are matters. Sometimes just having someone want to be with you matters.
Sometimes someone just taking the time to care matters….
More than you know.
So to my grandpa–and to all the men who’ve been a positive influence in the lives of kids who weren’t your own–thank you.
Abba, thank You for raising up good, kind, and strong men to be examples of what a loving father should look like when there is no earthly father in the picture. Bless them this day and make them aware of Your pleasure over their selfless love. Most of all, thank You for Your own unfailing love and for being a Father to this fatherless child each and every day of my life. ~Amen
P.S. I love the attached picture, but it makes me a little sad. That was the last Christmas “Pop-pop” was with us…at least on this side.