“I think a father’s job, when it’s done best, is to get down on both knees, lean over his children’s lives, and whisper, ‘Where do you want to go?” (Bob Goff)
Honestly, what did you think, what did you feel when you read that sentence?
Fathers, did you think, ‘Yes, I can totally relate. This is how I want to raise or have raised my kids’? Or did you think something like, ‘Sounds nice, but I can’t relate’?
And to all of us, is this how you experienced your father? Some of us can say yes. Some of us will say no.
Fathers are fellow human beings, who are not perfect, and to one degree or another, may be quite broken. If we are fathers we can be all too aware that we fall short of being perfect fathers.
And so many of us are also only too aware that our relationships with our fathers are or were far from perfect.
Broken people, broken relationships, often leading to more broken people.
That’s the reality check, and here comes the good news:
Because of God as our Father, because of God’s Fatherhood, because of His faithfulness – our brokenness as fathers, our brokenness because of our fathers, is NOT the end of the story, our brokenness does not have the final word on our lives.
This is not empty theory or wishful thinking. I saw it happen in my Dad’s life. It has happened and is happening in my life: God is bringing wholeness where there was once brokenness.
It’s our connection, our lifeline with God that is key, no matter what our past was or our present is. Here’s that connection:
“You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his [God’s] own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child?” (Galatians 4:6 & 7)
Happy Father’s Day, to all you fathers, however whole or however broken you may feel. God your Father meets you, loves you where you are.
Happy Father’s Day, to all of us children of fathers, however whole or broken we may feel. God our Father meets us, loves us where were we are.
This was shared during the service at Church Simplified; see the live recording on the Facebook page posted June 18, 2017 (starting around the 13th minute):
photo: bahay kubo view over Manila, May 23, 2017