The month of June brings reflection about many aspects of life. During my childhood, the month of June signified the end of another long school year and the start of a great summer. During my high school years, the month June included graduation, saying good-bye to childhood friends, and saving money for college. The month of June during my college years signified the start of my life as an adult, saying good-bye to college friends, and venturing out into the world.
Lately, the month of June looks different. June is my father’s birthday and the end of this month is Father’s day. Growing up, I loved the month of June. I loved celebrating my father’s birthday and finding the best Father’s Day cards that would make my Dad laugh. However, five years ago, I lost my father and now he is safe in the arms of Jesus. The first few years without my father were extremely painful and difficult. Needless to say, the month of June…not my favorite month. I hated to walk down the aisle in the grocery store that contained all of the “Father’s Day” cards and the “Happy Father’s Day” cards. I have skipped church several times on Father’s day, and avoided any contact with anything remotely associated with that day.
The last two years I have noticed a slight change in my outlook on Father’s Day and even on my Dad’s birthday. Now I find my self reflecting on all of the wonderful years I had with my father. I am so thankful that the Lord blessed me with the father that I had all of my childhood and my early adulthood years. I now can think of my father on father’s day with joy, and gratefulness. Of course, I still have times of sadness and grief, and I know that I always will, even though I know that someday I will see him again. However, to be at a place where I can laugh at certain memories, and cry about other memories… I am grateful!
In addition, I notice that now when I attend church on Father’s day, I look out into the congregation and start to pray for all of the men in my church who are fathers. In addition, I have the privilege of watching my own brother work thru the joys and challenges of fatherhood. I have to admit, I love the fact that my brother is embarking on parenting a tweener and all of the challenges that lay ahead for him. However, I am thankful that I get to have the privilege of praying for him that God will continue to give him the wisdom and strength that he needs to be the best father he can be for his children.
So to all of the fathers that happen to read this blog….Happy Father’s Day! “I pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Contributing Blogger for WOVEN