It has been 8 years since I’ve had the chance to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad. As I walk through stores this time of June, it’s hard to miss the displays of gifts for Father’s Day. I find myself wondering what I would get my dad this year, if he were still here to celebrate. When I see a unique gift or gadget, I’m curious if my dad would have liked it.
We always made a big deal about Father’s Day. My dad loved a good party and enjoyed seeing what we would plan for him. One year, my brother and I took him out on a pontoon boat and ended it with steaks on the grill. Another year, my sister and I planned a seafood boil for him. We had crawfish, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. He joked how he would eat seafood for every meal, given the chance. Still another time we planned a fun brunch at a restaurant downtown. The owner was a chef we enjoyed watching on TV. Whatever we chose to do, it always revolved around food.
These days, my kids and I spend Father’s Day celebrating and honoring their dad.
I know how hard and how important a dad’s role is. That’s why I am so thankful my kids have a dad who loves God, works hard to provide, shows up, loves to spend time as a family, spends hours playing catch with Levi and treats Ellie like a princess.
This Father’s Day, no matter what season in life you are, whether your earthly dad is still here or not, and regardless if he is or was a good dad, we all have a Father to celebrate. We have a Dad who we matter to, One who sees us, One who cherishes us, and One who will never let us down. And regardless if this is a happy holiday or a hard one, we can be confident that we are wrapped in the unconditional love of the Good, Good Father.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1