Father to the Fatherless.
My dad was as cool as they come. An avid paintballer, a creative genius with a published book and more on the way, a sense of humor that could make anyone feel at ease. At least, that’s how I remember him. My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 36. I was 5. Most of my memories of my dad involve hospital rooms with beeping machines and IVs. My dad fought for nearly a year but lost his battle at the age of 37. As a 6 year old, I didn’t comprehend the weight of the loss before me. But now, as an adult, I do.
As the years have gone by, the weight of my dad’s loss has only become heavier. Proms, graduations, my wedding day…always an empty spot at the table, a hole in our hearts that failed to heal fully. My dad’s birthday and passing date are never easy, but Father’s Day is my least favorite day of the year, every year.
I don’t doubt I’m in good company. Father’s Day may be your least favorite day of the year, too, but maybe for a different reason. Maybe your father wasn’t as involved as he should’ve been. Maybe your father wasn’t as kind as he could’ve been. Maybe you never met your father and each year you dwell on what he may have been like. Whatever your reason, you’re not alone.
Regardless of what emotions thinking of your father bring, we can find comfort knowing we have a strong tower that never waivers. We have a constant hope that never fails. We have a love that won’t disappoint. In God, we have a good good Father, the best Dad ever, the most awesome Daddy in the world…whatever you want to call Him, He’s it. Our God embraces the prodigal son (Luke 15). He is aware of our needs before we speak them and meets them every time (Matthew 10). Our Heavenly Father goes after each and every one of us tirelessly (Luke 15).
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
My prayer for you is that this year, no matter the state of your relationship with your earthly father, your relationship with your Heavenly Father would be strengthened. May despite your disappointments, your sadness, your regret, you shift your eyes above to the One who loves you fully, without condition.
Alex Conner is a newly-married twenty-something. She and her husband Craig have been members of The River since early 2018. Alex enjoys traveling (without turbulence) and making a good guacamole. You can learn more about Alex by clicking here!