It never fails. Whenever I step into the shower, begin cooking dinner, or turn the ignition on my car, my cell phone rings. It is comical how my dad always seems to call at the most inconvenient, busiest time of the day. But when I think about my sweet dad and his penchant for phone use to communicate daily with his children, my heart overflows with love and gratitude. How lucky I am to have a father who loves me and wants to have a close relationship with me even though we live in different states!
My father has good reasons for his strong desire to be present in the lives of his six children. He grew up in a home with an alcoholic mother, and his father was a stern man who enforced rules with a belt. In his beautiful courtship with my mother, and throughout the course of their 57 years of marriage, my father resolved to have a home life that was significantly better than his own circumstances. He wanted to be a loving father.
I am grateful for my dad’s kind heart, his desire to be thoughtful, and how he demonstrates love to his family and friends. I am also keenly aware on this Father’s Day that there are so many who are not so lucky. Many suffer abuse from the man who should be protecting them. Some families are abandoned by the person that genetically helped create them. There is sadness when the divine plan of God for a husband and wife to unite and build a family together fails. I remember this every time my dad calls, even if the timing isn’t just right. I treasure our conversations. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have a father who demonstrates his love so consistently through a simple phone call.
The beautiful heart of my father helps me put in perspective the all-encompassing love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us. As the father and creator of our spirits, He is Father to us all.
God is the Perfect Father. No matter what we have done, He is there. His love for us is unconditional, and always present. I know our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us every day. He is interested in the details of our lives. He cheers on our efforts and every victory, He weeps at our heartaches, and He is there to comfort and encourage us. At times we may feel God’s spirit, but He also waits for us to reach out to Him through prayer to connect more fully. If we aren’t feeling His presence in our lives, we may need to call more frequently!
Prayer is the conduit that we have to commune with our Heavenly Father. I am grateful that at the beginning of the day I can tell Him what my plan is, and ask for His guidance. I can thank Him for blessings, and seek comfort and inspiration. And when I lay down at the end of the day, I can pour out my heart with concerns or pleas for help, and express my love to Him. I am certain that every time we send a prayer heavenward, He hears.
As we pay tribute to the fathers, husbands, and men that fill that role in our lives, let us remember our Father in Heaven, who loved us so much that He sent His Son to redeem us all. Have a blessed Father’s Day!
Keep calling, Dad.