Dear PacMoore Family,
This Sunday is Father’s Day and I am feeling compelled to encourage you this year. I know many fathers have failed and many of you carry wounds from your father. Jesus has offered us hope to overcome some of those difficult feelings. First, he tells us we will live in heaven for eternity with our heavenly Father, who unlike some of our natural fathers will love us unconditionally. Eternity in heaven in the presence of a loving Father will erase all our memories of this life. Second, Jesus also tells us that we must forgive those who have hurt us. He tells us that because bitterness and hatred toward anyone will destroy our hearts. Carrying those feelings takes away our ability to feel loved and our ability to give love. In order to experience love in this lifetime we must forgive all those who hurt us, including our fathers.
For those of you who have been blessed with an amazing dad please don’t take that for granted. Your dad worked hard to be a good father and sacrificed a lot for you. Please take the time to love him and be with him when you can. Write him a note describing the ways he was or is a good father. Don’t waste your money on gifts. Gifts are a lazy way to say I love you that carry very little value. Talk with him, write to him and be with him. Those acts say “I love you.”
If you are a dad, please take the time to reflect on how you have performed your role as a father. Ask your children and your wife how you are doing and how you can get better. Be open to their suggestions. Good fathers also lead their families spiritually. We take our kids to church, read the Bible together, and pray with them. And finally, children learn to trust and love when they see their father love their mom. Men, we must love our wives as Jesus loved the church…he died for us.
I pray you will each take time to make Father’s Day a positive experience and a day that draws you closer to God and your family.
God’s Love and Blessings,