Not The Same Without A Father

“There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” - John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery


I had learned so much about the different continents of this world because of my father who worked as a Radio Operator when I was growing up. He traveled and had gone to many countries and as he did, he communicated with me by sending many beautiful postcards and had told me things about a particular culture. I was always so excited every time he would come home during his vacations, bringing me lots of markers with the colors of a rainbow and other things I could use to draw pictures and make my own stationeries. Those things I used when I would write him back.

Though he was away for more months than with us as a sacrifice to earn and provide for his family, leaving my mother to be both as our mother and father at times he was away, he made his presence known by nurturing his family with his love shown through actions.

As he was dying surrounded by us, his children, all he whispered with remaining strength were the words: “I love you all. Do not forget that…”

“I love you…” Those words still echo in my heart even in his absence. Despite the big hole he left (same with my mother) in our hearts, it truly never felt empty because they both made sure they filled our hearts with their love.

It doesn’t matter who he was. I would always remember my father how he was to us, his family and same with his friends. He was always a funny guy but he left many hearts crying on the day he went Home to our good Father Who is the true Source of love.

And now with my own family, I see the same loving acts from the one I married. He is a loving and supportive father to our son. Always sacrificing, always compromising, always understanding, always helping and most of all, always loving and making it known to his son and me.

As I write, I know others long for that kind of love. The love that comes from a father. But know this:
“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”
- Psalm 103:13 (NLT)


Lord, thank You for You, for being our Father we call on from up above. Thank You for Your gift of love. Thank You for giving me a father who loved us unconditionally and had taught me to be grateful for the littlest things I have, especially that of love. Thank you for guiding my father to shape his children’s future and for sharing with us about Your goodness.


Thank You Lord for giving me a man who loves my son and I unconditionally. Continue to guide him with Your divine wisdom and empower him with Your Spirit to walk in fatherly ways the way You do.

I pray for those who are hurting Lord and who are growing up or had grown up without having earthly father’s sacrificial love. Please comfort them and make Your love known in their hearts. Thank You Lord for all of Your blessings. Thank You for loving us first. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Life is not the same without a father. Life is even more fulfilling if we know and acknowledge the love of a Father Who is in the heavens. He desires for us to draw nearer to Him. Happy Father's Day!!! May you be a father who loves those around you unconditionally. May you look up to our Father in heaven Who can empower you to follow His footsteps. Through children's eyes, life is not the same without a father.

11 comments:

  1. This really got to me! You write beautifully. The video with the boy on the bike reminded me at age 5. My dad encouraging me to go without him holding on. I miss my dad, 26 years this year since he left to be with the Lord. I miss him like yesterday and tomorrow is a tough day for me. I encourage my own kids to enjoy their dad more! Thanks for sharing. Anne

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  2. Beautiful post

    Beautiful video

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  3. This is a neat story about your dad. Right now all three of my kids are hours and hours away from us. Of course, they are grown, but I still feel their absence and try to maintain some contact with them. It is wonderful how your dad was able to do that before the age of modern technology, and I know he felt honored at how you all remembered that. Sounds like a great family.

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  4. cYou are so blessed to have those father stories - those father words. I have no idea of what that is like (an earthly father) - my father walked out on our family when I was 5. I held on tight to the love of my heavenly father from the time I was 7. However, it was a long time before I understood that God loved me like a true daughter, not a step-daughter, a cast-off daughter, a rejected daughter. He pulled me into the inner circle of His love - I am no longer a cast-off.

    Reading stories like yours reminds me of how blessed I am to be a part of the family of God!

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  5. (OOps - I did the first comment wrong)
    You are so blessed to have those father stories - those father words. I have no idea of what that is like (an earthly father) - my father walked out on our family when I was 5. I held on tight to the love of my heavenly father from the time I was 7. However, it was a long time before I understood that God loved me like a true daughter, not a step-daughter, a cast-off daughter, a rejected daughter. He pulled me into the inner circle of His love - I am no longer a cast-off.

    Reading stories like yours reminds me of how blessed I am to be a part of the family of God!

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  6. Beautiful post honoring not only your father but our Heavenly Father who I also draw close to on Father's Days. He fills the gap for sure!

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  7. Wonderful post and loved the video...Happy Sunday

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  8. Wonderful post my friend!
    (I've been busy).

    Regards.
    God bless.

    xo
    Regina

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  9. What a beautiful video to share! I am so glad that you had a father who loved you. I think that makes such a difference in a woman's life.

    I once heard Zig Ziglar give a speech at a luncheon. He said that the majority of men who are in prison had absent or abusive fathers. The father relationship is so important.

    I have had the gift of a loving father too. He is still alive but living in Florida near my siblings. He is in his 80's now but we speak often and he always tells me how much he loves me. What a blessing!

    I've missed visiting you but I have a week off from work so I hope to catch up.

    blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  10. I am truly blessed to still have my father today. At 83 years young, he is blessing all those around him and stronger in his faith in the Lord then ever. Family is a design gift from God and needs to be realized as such, and thanks be given to our maker for such a wonderful life in His purpose, as we walk in this time & place, looking for the Kingdom to come. Praise be to God and our Lord & savior Jesus Christ.

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  11. Hi -

    I really loved this piece. Such love in its tone.

    Thank you for sharing this warm tribute.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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