Guilt. That’s what I feel when I tell people about my dad. Guilt, because I have a good dad; one that loves me and is there for me, and I know that a lot of people and a lot of my friends don’t have dads like that.
But I’m wrong.
Forgive me – I should be talking about him because this world needs to know and see that some dads fight for their families, and their marriages. These men offer hope to a corrupt generation and culture as they stand as representations of Christ’s love, sacrifice and family. It’s never too late to pray for your Father, or your relationship with him.
“Prayer is the shortest distance between two people.” (Mark Driscoll)
It’s also possible for girls to have good relationships with their dads – when neither party is perfect! Selfishness and Satan may have destroyed many men, but not all, and those men remain as examples of godly masculinity – it can be done.
My dad is one of those men. He’s not perfect by any stretch, but he will also be the first one to tell you that. My dad is a first generation Christian. He was saved in his early twenties and has spent many years breaking and battling generational sin, and paving the way for us to have the solid foundation that he did not. It’s because of him that I know the Lord.
As a way of honoring my dad and his faithness, published below is my Father’s Day note to him:
Tonight I heard our song “If I stand” by Rich Mullins. Thank you! Thank you, for faithfully teaching me every one of those lyrics. It’s because of you that I wanted to know if there was “more” than just the prairies and the wind, and the ocean pulsing with the tide. I feel the wind now and know the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I still hear the Lord best next to water, as “deep calls out to deep”. Papa – There is more! Thank you.
Some days I stand and sing, other days I fall on the grace that first brought me to Him. And oh, how I long for “home”. I never understood what you meant when you would tell me you longed for Heaven. I get that now. I wanna go home too.
Thank you for teaching me by example what it means to stand by something the Lord is showing you, and for showing me what it’s like to fall on grace. You never hid your faults from us. You were open and honest and repentant. I learned to repent and take ownership of my faults; by watching you humble yourself before us and before the Lord.
When I think of you of two words come to mind – Integrity and Faithfulness.
I haven’t always agreed with all of your decisions, but I never doubted for a moment, that you loved us and were doing what you thought was right. Thank you for that. For always putting our needs ahead of your own. Day or night, you make time for us, for me. I may be long grown and moved out, but my favorite childhood memories are of you every night without fail tucking us in and praying over us. That’s when I learned how to pray, and how to scream, “I love you special” at the top of my lungs down the hallway.
I know you fought through many things to become the man of God that you are today. Thank you for never giving up or looking back! It’s because of all the things you lifted up to the Lord, that your ceiling has become my floor and my spiritual foundation. I do not and will not by God’s grace, take the foundation you have given me for granted.
You are one of my hero’s because you were faithful. And the world needs to know that.
I love you,
P.S. I cant wait to dance to this song someday with you!