Published on June 18, 2021

Father's Day

Father’s Day 2021

Sunday is Father’s Day—the opportunity to express appreciation and affection to the person you call Father, or Dad, or Papa, or well, you get the idea!

There are just as many ways to celebrate Father’s Day as there are families in the world, and we each go about it in our own distinctive way. My father passed away several years ago, but I look forward to Father’s Day as a day to connect with my own children and my father-in-law. I feel so fortunate to have had a wonderful relationship with my dad, something that I know many people never enjoy.

I think this is one of the reasons why Father’s Day has also become a special day to recognize the persons in your life who have been mentors or “like a father” to you, regardless of their relationship to you, their gender, or their age.

What and how we celebrate may greatly differ from family to family, but what we all share is the wide range of emotions prompted by the holiday. And that’s why I love this verse found in Psalm 26:3 “For your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”

On Father’s Day—and on each day of our lives—the love of our Heavenly Father is always and ever before us. We experience it in the joy and affection we share with our families. We can sense it across the miles on a phone or video call. In our losses, we are consoled by God’s love and grace. As we think about what lies ahead for our own lives and our own families, it is assuring to know that God’s love goes before us.

In my own experience, my father was (among many things) a mentor, a guide, a protector, an anchor, and a friend. His impact on my life is immeasurable. He challenged me and encouraged me and loved me. I see his influence and impact each day as I seek to be a good father and friend to my own children. I could borrow the words of the psalmist to say about my own father, “Your love is ever before me.”

I’m thankful for fathers this weekend: for the love of our Heavenly Father, for the love I experienced and have for my own father, and for the people who have been mentors and anchors for me. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to be a good father to my children.

And finally, I’m thinking about the God-given possibilities we are each given to fulfill that role for someone else—to provide hope, acceptance, support, and love. These are what we celebrate in our relationships—and honor on Father’s Day.

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