Celebrating and Giving Thanks: Father’s Day

A man sitting at the edge of a pond

Yesterday we celebrated our fathers.

If we remember rightly, every day is the day to honor them.

I hope you have a wonderful father to thank God for today, but even at their best, the best earthly fathers are but a shadow of our Father in heaven.

Last week, I heard an interview with Walter Dean Myers on the radio.  His son asked him about his writing and his relationship with his own father.  As Myers developed as a writer, he was deeply hurt that his father never praised his writing.

It was only after his father’s death he learned that his father had never learned to read…

As Myers said,

The man couldn’t read. I mean, that was why he never said anything about my writing. It just tore me up, I mean, I could have read him a story at the hospital….  But he was ashamed of the fact that he could not read. And that was — that was a barrier between us all my life.

We all have barriers…

shame…hurt…loss…pain…anger…lies…misunderstandings…

but we have One who came to be our Peace and destroy barriers like these.

So today, I’m giving thanks for the one Who is working healing in our hearts and for some of the things my father taught us:

  • to measure twice and cut once
  • to check the oil and change a tire
  • to keep going when the going gets tough
  • to think outside the box
  • to eat our vegetables
  • to work hard
  • to drive a stick shift
  • to face our fears without losing our heads
  • to get our hands dirty
  • to ask questions
  • that family is important
  • that just because someone is different is no reason to treat them differently
  • that if it’s not fun for everyone, it’s not a game
  • that God’s love is not limited by the color of your skin, your country of origin, your native language, your accent, the way you smell, how much money you have, how educated you are, or what you do for a living
  • that he loves us

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. love your list today, especially that if it’s not fun for everyone, then it is not a game! Wow!
    We just watched this season’s survivor! What a twist this thought would put on that game! What a challenge for life!

  2. stephanie says:

    Visiting you from Ann’s page…

    I so appreciated your list— things learned from Dad—what a grand multitude of gifts you have received from him, indeed!!

    My favorite from your list was that he taught you to not give up even when it gets tough. …makes me think of Romans where it says that persevering produces character and character produces hope. Beautiful lessons! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Court says:

    Wow, that is powerful! It makes me wonder how many more stories are like that and it’s like God is: if you only knew the whole story and trusted me in this!!

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