Happy Father’s Day! To all the men who are Fathers or take on that role in whatever capacity we turn our thoughts and prayers to you this day.
In working with young people there can be experiences we can encounter where we see some struggle in a young person’s life that can be traced to the absence of a Father or male role model in their lives. We know that Mother’s Day is a big
celebration in our country, and for good reason, yet for Father’s Day there is a different tone. For my own reflection of what I see in many lives is the consequences of what happens when a Father is not present. This speaks to me of the extreme importance of men’s roles in leaving families, molding lives, offering a guiding presence. I would say that one does not know or appreciate what one has until it is no longer there.
Men, your role is so vital to the make up of a family. The gifts of male love might be for some difficult to always see. At other times the male love makes a big impact on the lives of families and on the lives of others in the community. I love watching the coaches I work with at Sunnyslope and other coaches we encounter through visiting and competing against and I am amazed of the sacrifices of time they make to young people who are not their own flesh and blood. I also see many men who in their own unique ways lead by example, provide for their loved ones, work together for good causes. I think it just is not celebrated openly as it could be.
What I do know is this, that when there is no male role model for others there is a huge void. When daughters have good Fathers, their lives are rich in many ways. When sons have good Fathers their energy is pointed in directions that put sons gift to better things. When Fathers fall short in realizing how important they are to others it causes so heartache that many times is so deep that others can not even see or understand the pain.
I pray for all men this day as we honor all Fathers and men who are such role models for others. Sometimes others may not comprehend what you bring to the table and when that gift is no longer present it leaves a void. That is how important you are even if others may not see it that way or their experience is different.
Happy Father’s Day!
Peace in Christ,