In this mini-series called Family Matters, I am reflecting on my dad’s death. The previous post was called Bye For Now. This week I want to focus on what a good father means to me.
A Father’s Love
My dad was a good father. There is so much one can say to describe a good father. I want to keep this very basic. I believe my dad was a good father because of the way he loved my mother. I also believe he was a good father because of the way he loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. One outcome of his love is the way all of his children, my siblings, love one another. There are 5 of us. None of us are perfect, but somehow, we always manage to be there for each other. We have learned to respect each other, and to forgive each other. I believe that comes from our good father and our good mother.
A Father’s Embrace
I would like to leave you with a couple of photos. One of my dad on his 80th birthday in 2013 (above). And the other of my dad dancing with me on my wedding day in 2009. I love the embrace!
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge that not all of you reading this blog have the same feelings about your father. With Father’s Day coming up next week, I want to share a song that talks about my other good Father, God. This will be my first Father’s Day without my dad. I know I am not alone in this experience. There are many of you grieving in some way having to do with your father. I want you to know that God loves you and you are not alone. I hope Chris Tomlin’s song “Good Good Father” encourages you.
God our Father thinks of us as a Treasure and a Pearl.