Family Matters – Good Father


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!


Father’s Day

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.

Sue Mocker


One Reply to “Family Matters – Good Father”

  1. Inspiring post, Sue! Thanks for describing what it meant to have a dad who was loving. Seems many fathers today have issues that prevent them from bonding with their kids. How much they and their kids miss! You were so blessed. May God comfort you this Father’s Day.

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