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Father of the fatherless on Father's Day

When I think of Fathers Day, I feel really grateful that I have developed a relationship with my Dad while he is still here on earth. So many people that I have counseled are filled with regret over the relationship they might have had with their father, but now their father is dead and gone. Mother's Day is relatively easy for most people to celebrate. Father's Day is often filled with much more ambivalence and ambiguity. So many of us are the product of a fatherless generation, either literally or emotionally. There is a longing in many of us to connect with the father's heart.

I have not always felt that I have understood my father. But now that I have known my father for almost 40 years, I feel that I am coming to understand and appreciate him at a much deeper level than ever before. What I particularly value about my father is his gift of stability. My father is "a rock". This Father's Day I thank God for my father's basic reliability and trustworthiness. As I have worked with people over the years, I have noticed how difficult it is for many people to stick to their promises and good intentions. When my father says that he is going to do something, he always comes through. So many people promise you things, but they make you wait so long that by the time they do it, you just feel frustrated. My father is remarkably gifted at fixing anything that breaks. He actually enjoys doing it for you, and then he will often thank you afterwards for letting him help you. In so many practical ways, my father exhibits a
generosity of spirit.

Why is it that inside of us, no matter how many times we may have been disappointed, there is still that longing for a father that we can rely on?  Click to find out more...


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North Vancouver, B.C.