Run to Your Father

Today is Father’s Day. I am very blessed to have my husband, my father, and my father-in-law in my life. Each plays a different part in teaching me about the world, relationships, and loving people.

But I’m reminded that there are men who yearn for children but do not have them as well as men who, for a variety of reasons, are separated from their children today.

Likewise, there are boys and girls, men and women who do not have a father to celebrate. Through either death, divorce, or simply the bad choices of a father choosing not to have a relationship with them — or worse — they aren’t making any phone calls or planning any barbecues this weekend.

Honoring the dads in our lives is a very good thing, but for some it’s an impossible thing.

And that pretty much stinks.

My own dad worked a lot when I lived at home. I was not the easiest of children. He was not the easiest of fathers. Ours was not the easiest of relationships. So, in a small way, I understand the “missing out” — and I know that it is hard. I’m thankful for the healing and restoration that God has granted me and my dad. He’s not perfect. Neither am I.

But God…

God is faithful.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.  — Romans 8:14&15

Regardless of the father-child relationship you have today, I am convinced of one thing. God is the most perfect father.

He is father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. He has the power to heal the brokenhearted. He knows your name, as well as that of every star.

Whether your earthly father is able, willing, or not, God will provide all that you need, will bring you to himself, and call you his child.

Run to him.

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  1. This is a perfect post for father’s day. I work with a lot of young people that do not have their father’s in their life and I think this is a beautiful way to let them know they do have someone that will also be there. Thank you.

  2. Very good reminder. While things have not always been great with my father, I can always count on the Father. I conscientiously spend time growing my relationship with God, I might need to make it a point to make more effort with my dad.

  3. Best Father’s Day post I’ve seen this year. Thank you, Jessica.

  4. Angela Shrader says:

    First let me say, I can not imagine you being a difficult child. Second, wonderful post.

  5. I love this! i also try to remember the people in my life who have taken on a fatherly role ( teachers, coaches, mentors, priest/pastors, etc). I think it’s important to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all those “fathers” blood relative or not that have helped me along the way.

  6. Jessica, I absolutely LOVE this post! Thanks so much for posting it!

    Becky <

  7. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for this post. Last year was the first year that my children and I experienced father’s day without my dear husband and this year my father has also died, so a very bittersweet day. I appreciate those who recognize it’s a hard day for some of us. :)

  8. Thanks for this reminder, I almost forgot. My father is the best person I know and we´ve got a great relationship and missing father´s day would be a huge disappointment. Does anyone have any tips how to spend fathersday ? I was thinking about going fishing with my dad, just like when I was younger.

  9. Wow! You look a LOT like your Dad!!
    My dad is gone from this earth, and wasn’t involved in my life when he was here. My Heavenly Father has never let me down though. Great reminder for Father’s Day!

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