Mother and Father’s Day can give any person a range of emotions. For some, it represents a day that is difficult when they think of their parents. Maybe they’ve lost them at a young age, didn’t have a good relationship with them or are going through a difficult time with a father figure in their life currently. For others, it can be a wonderful day being celebrated and celebrating.

For my husband John and I, we both have different ranges of emotions this year. My husband’s father passed away in February which has been a difficult transition for him in the past few months. For myself, my dad and I have gone through big milestones this past year. I am the youngest of four and the only girl. My dad walked me down the aisle of our wedding in October and it was a beautiful moment for us. Above is a picture where I gave my dad a handkerchief gift before we left to head for the ceremony. Here is what it said:

Out of all the walks we have taken,
today is my favorite.
You have always been
the one I looked up to,
the one I confided in and
the one that I came to for advice.
You’re strength and love has guided me
to make me who I am.
You were the first man that I ever loved
and I will always be your little girl.
Thank you for walking by my side
today and always.
Love you always and forever,
October 7, 2017

For me, my dad has always been my protector, my guide and someone who really understood me. I am wired very much like him: very organized, likes to do public speaking and very committed to the Church. My parents both made Church a priority to our family growing up. We would do family devotions every morning before we left for work and school. I am very grateful for a dad who impressed upon my heart his love for the Lord and in turn, guided me to fall in love with God.

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

May you find time this Sunday to show love and gratitude to the “fathers” in your life who have guided you to become the person you are today.

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