We woke up late for church on a Sunday morning, and no one in my family shall soon forget the events that unfolded that day. In typical Sunday morning fashion, we were all in a hurry to rush out the door and we didn’t have time to make breakfast before church. We all piled in the car and headed off to church, listening to music on the radio, and talking amongst ourselves. Since we had a car full of growing hungry boys we stopped at the drive-thru donut shop on our way to church. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until we placed our order, paid for the assortment of donuts and kolaches. That is when it hit us. The sweet little woman in the drive-thru handed my husband the receipt, and said the three little words that will forever haunt my family: “Happy Father’s Day!”
Happy Father’s day?!? What? Ugh! The kids and I all looked at each other, all mortified that we had forgotten! All at once we began profusely began apologizing to my husband, telling him that we loved him, and were so sorry that we forgot. As I thought about this, I was reminded of our Heavenly Father—how often we go through life busy with the trials and tribulations of the day and we forget to acknowledge God with the gratitude and praise that He deserves.
In our home, we approach Father’s Day with mixed emotions. We miss both my Father, and my Father-in-law who have gone on to be with the Lord. Yet we are filled with gratitude for my husband, Peter, a wonderful husband to me and incredible Father to our children. And we are thankful for our heavenly Father.
Psalms 68:5 in the ESV describes God thusly: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Psalms 68 is a beautiful hymn that celebrates God’s care for his children, and this verse reminds us that God is kind and cares for all of us, including the orphans, widows, and even prisoners.
My friend, I don’t know what emotions Father’s Day evokes for you. You may be blessed to be celebrating the Fathers in your life, a Father yourself, or perhaps you are grieving the loss of a Father. Wherever today finds you, I encourage you to remember that we all have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us and desires to have a relationship with us. Whatever situation you find ourself in today, remember to praise God, your loving Heavenly Father, for all that He has done and for His great love.