“The Perfect Father”

June 15, 2010

I didn’t have a perfect father.  He loved me… in his own way.  But, I don’t remember him telling me he loved me until, as an adult—only a few months before his unexpected death—I told him I wasn’t sure he loved me because he never said it.  Amazingly, he took that to heart and, from that point forward, every time I talked to him until his death, he made sure he told me he loved me before anything else.

I haven’t been a perfect father.  I overreacted to my father’s military officer background and strict discipline to being more permissive than I should have been.  Fortunately, my kids—now 29, 27 and 23—have never doubted I love them very much.  My parental motto was “kiss ‘em and hug ‘em till they shove you away, then kiss ‘em and hug ‘em some more.”  I made my fair share of mistakes as a father, but the love got through!

Sadly, because of divorce and other types of broken homes, more and more children today have only a very distant father figure, at best.  Many have none at all, other than maybe a coach or a concerned teacher.

On what was designed to be a happy occasion, fatherlessness is a very sad part of Father’s Day for so many children.  A huge number of kids have nothing to celebrate… and it just makes them feel more alone to even think about Father’s Day.

Over time, I realized that I had a perfect father: my Heavenly Father.  He has never let me down and He will never let you down.  So, even though I’m very thankful for the “happy ending” with my earthly Dad, I’m at least as thankful for God the Father and His perfect loving care.

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