Father’s Day is traditionally a time of family gathering, laughter and attention-giving to the household hero. I like it. It’s one of two days of the year, my birthday being the other, when everyone yields to my preferences — where to eat, what to do, and how to spend the day. Honestly, two days a year like that is enough lavishment for me. I’m deeply honored by my family most days, and especially so on Father’s Day. So, I’m looking forward to spending time with them today, save my daughter who’s vacationing in Europe without me(!). I’ll be thinking of her throughout the day. And I’ll be thinking, too, about so many who won’t be celebrating Father’s Day, because Dad is not around, or worse, was never really around.
Recently, a woman I spoke with told me about how her father had abandoned her as a young girl. He was no household hero. For her, Father’s Day serves only as a painful reminder of someone missing in her life. Fortunately, like David who penned Psalm 27, she’s experienced being received into God’s household. As part of this new Family, she’s discovering God’s love to help heal the wound and fill the void left by her earthly father. For that, she’s thankful. I’m thankful to be a part of that family too. On this Father’s Day while I’m hanging out and enjoying my clan, I’m also mindful of my bigger Clan made possible only by the Heavenly Hero who longs to receive us all.
Your thoughts? What are ways you might celebrate being received by your Heavenly Father today?