I just wanted to share some brief words this morning.
I know today can be difficult for many of you. Even those with strong relationships with their dads will still struggle in some way with the notion of a father's love. And we should.
Why is that?
Because fathers aren't perfect. They are human and sometimes they'll struggle with showing love the right way.
And they weren't meant to be perfect and unfailing. Those are descriptors of God's love.
1 John 3 starts off saying:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (NIV)
I love my dad here on earth. We struggle to show each other sometimes. Neither of us are perfect. He does what he can to provide for me and makes sure that I have his support even from two states away. I know that I could do more.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:10-11, NIV)
Until we've received love from God, we will struggle to show love to our fathers, our mothers, siblings and each other.
I encourage you to take some time today or this week to read through 1 John and all of it's insight on God's love. And take time today to show your dad some love. Whether it's in your thoughts to someone who's passed on, in deed by your actions, or a long distance phone call. Or maybe a blog post.
I love you, dad.
Happy Father's Day to everyone.