I look out my window this Father’s Day and wonder if today will, in fact, be “the sunniest day of the year.” June 21, 2015 is Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice. Those two celebrations don’t coincide very often. Add the fact that Eric said goodbye to his father in April and I to mine in May for the last time on this earth, and you can better understand the irony of the celebrations. But celebrate we will.
Father’s Day Faith
Both of our fathers were good Christian men, loving and generous to a fault. We miss them terribly. But today we celebrate because of their faith and our faith in the resurrected Christ and the promise of heaven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.I Peter 1:3
Today the sun will rise at 5:32am. I will already be up with the man God gave me 30 years ago. We will drink coffee and talk in the quietness of the early morning. The sun rise is a reminder.
This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Father’s Day Family
Today we will worship together. Enjoy a meal with our family. Take a nap like we always do on Sunday. He’ll take a ride with that boy who always wants to practice his driving just to spend time alone with the greatest dad in the world. I’ll read and prepare the picnic that we’ll take to the mountain to watch the sunset at 7:56pm. We’ll end the day at home with 20 questions to learn the things we never want to forget. He and I will slip away to bed and I’ll ask my own questions. This man I’ve loved for all my adult life continues to amaze and challenge me. I know him so well and yet my heart knows there is still so much to learn. I am thankful for another year to celebrate. I gave him this special gift earlier this week. Bondye Bon means God is Good in Jamaican creole. “God is good “is a phrase we hear often in Grand Cayman.
Father’s Day Finish
June 21 is just another ordinary day on the calendar really. Father’s Day is a made-up holiday (like Mother’s Day and so many others), and the summer solstice–well, so what.
Here’s what: you are alive with the opportunity to live extraordinary because God The Father lives in you. I challenge you to live today and everyday with the awareness that you have a God who is always with you. Practice His presence throughout the day. Start with this prayer:
Father, I thank you for being the greatest dad in the world. I love you and I am amazed by who you are and all you’ve done. My heart tells me I have still have much to learn. Help me today and everyday to be like a little child wanting to know you better, desperate to please you more, and eager to see you soon.
So how will you spend this day?
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