I was at Target a few days ago standing in the greeting card section checking out the options for Father’s Day cards. It’s that time of year again, when fathers are remembered for all they’ve given and all they’ve done for their families. There were lots of cards with beautiful sentiments of gratitude and love for fathers who have been there through thick and thin, played ball with us in the backyard, came to all our important events, or been there when we needed a strong shoulder to lean on. Racks and racks of cards for dads that fit this description of “Father.”
As I stood there in the aisle, searching over the vast array of choices before me, I couldn’t help but wonder where were the cards for all the other dads? You know, the ones that weren’t there through thick and thin, that didn’t have time to play ball in the backyard, show up to our important events, or lend us their strength when we needed it the most? Hallmark seems to have a shortage of options when it comes to those.
What about the rest of the world? Those of us that grew up without a father, or who were abused by the father figures in our lives? How do we approach this Father’s Day with a positive outlook? Well…I don’t have the perfect answer, but I do lean on this truth: God’s love never fails.
We will face much disappointment in life. There will be many times that those we love will fail us, but God’s love never fails. His love is perfect, and when we place our hope in Christ we become His children. He becomes our Father. We get a new beginning, and the chance to experience a perfect love. These truths give a whole new meaning to Father’s Day for me. They set me on a path to consider forgiveness, over bitterness. Love, over hate.
Even though some of us may not have been given the ideal father here on earth, we have open access to a perfect Father in heaven that is more than worthy of all the Hallmark sentiments the human heart can pen to paper, and so much more! We have much to be thankful for.