Father’s Day is a special time
Father’s Day was this past Sunday. For those of you whose fathers are still with you, I sincerely hope that you were able to spend some time with your Dad on Father’s Day!
For those of you whose fathers are no longer here with you, the life lessons that your father taught you and the examples that your father set for you, are still here with you and they will remain with you for the rest of your life. You will pass these many lessons and examples on to your children or maybe (as in my case), to relatives, friends and those important individuals in your life.
God blessed us by giving us fathers. First and foremost, HE is our father and he molded our earthly fathers to guide and teach us here on earth just as HE does from above. I thank God each and every day that passes for my Dad. I have said many times in my column that my Dad and I have always been really close. I wrote last year at Father’s Day about all of the time that we spent together when I was growing up playing football, basketball and baseball out in the yard, watching sporting events, going to church, etc. Again, we are really close and always have been.
However, it seems that with me growing older now, we are even closer now. We talk several times a day, we share everything going on in our lives, we still go to church together and we share (daily) scriptures, passages, discussion and life lessons taught in the Holy Bible.
My Dad has always shown me wisdom, kindness and compassion (even when I definitely did not deserve it). I remember times when I thought that I knew more than Dad or knew a better way of doing something. It seems like this was most especially true around the time that I graduated from college and even into my early 30’s. Dad may even say that it is still true now…LoL. However, 99.9% of the time, I was the one that was wrong and of course, Dad was right. I often wish that I could go back and relive some of those moments. For sure, I would definitely listen more.
Just this past Father’s Day, my Dad and I (and Mom too, of course) went to church together and enjoyed a great home cooked lunch (which Mom still prepares most each and every Sunday) for us to enjoy after church. After such a big and glorious lunch, we had to take a nap and then we spent the rest of the day watching a complete mixture of political news shows and various sporting events (U.S. Open golf, College World Series baseball, the NBA Finals, etc.). I love days like these and I hope that we (Dad and I) get to spend many..many more times together like this in the years ahead.
For sure, spending time with Dad is so special to me and once again, if your Dad is still here, I hope that you were able to spend some time with him on Father’s Day. However, if your Dad is not still here, you may have some father figures that have been an important part of your life. Teachers, neighbors and again, close friends can all be very important people who have both shaped and influenced our lives. In short, they have been there for us and these are the people in our lives that have been there for us when we needed them most.
In reading some scripture passages that arrived in my email “inbox” yesterday morning via my daily “You Version” Bible App, several verses were shared that applied to Father’s Day. However the verse that stood out to me most of all was Joshua 1:9 (NIV):
“Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” In reference to the many things that our fathers (and our important father figures) do for us in our lives, I think this about says it all.
Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org