As we awake this morning to Father’s Day I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to the fathers in our lives. You may have a dad who is no longer on this side of heaven or you may not be married. Today, though, I would like to say thank you to all the fathers who serve each day in a variety of ways.
I am blessed to have both a dad and a husband who exemplify not just fatherhood but being a daddy. To my dad who painstakingly worked to get my playhouse just right with wood paneling and carpet when I was just a little girl; to my husband who rolled over this morning, got out of bed and called Walmart at 7 AM to see if they got Beyblade arenas in yesterday (my son awoke him at 6:45 AM saying, “Dad. Get up! Call Walmart.”) To my dad who trusted me enough to teach me how to drive–and let me use his truck to do it! And to my husband who has done the “go to bed” routine with my son nearly every night of his life.
And in the midst of my illness, to both of these men who have sat in waiting rooms while I had surgery or have pushed me in a wheelchair so I could still participate in family events when I was unable to walk long distances. One walked me down the aisle on my wedding day and one took me as his wife. I am blessed to have two amazing men in my life.
Are they perfect? Uh . . . nah. We have all our faults, myself included. But I am choosing not to be my “father’s ruin” or my husband’s “constant drip” of a wife.Even when my physical pain is extreme and I am wondering how I will get through the day, both of these men (and my son too) will go out of their way to do whatever they can to try to make my life a little easier.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the men out there who go the extra mile for the women and children in their life.
Prayer: Lord, help me remember to acknowledge the men in my life who help serve my needs and those of my children. Remind me to say thank you!
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for eighteen years.
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What is one of your happiest memories about your father or husband, or the special “father figure” in your life?