I am blessed to have had a dad who, though he worked long hard hours, he always came home at night and spent time with his six children and my mom. My dad never complained that he worked too hard at building churches and being a Pastor, as well as working his full-time, very physical job. He loved God, he loved what he did for God and his family and he loved his family.
My dad was the one who helped me to understand that I was acceptable, attractive and worthy of love.
|My mom and dad during the very early years.|
I thought my dad was perfect, until one day in a sermon, he made reference to himself as not being perfect. I will never forget how stunned I was to hear that. I was probably about 10.
Twice, I can remember seeing my dad actually losing his temper and raising his voice to us kids. That was as bad as it got. Normally, it took just a spoken word and we obeyed him. And once, when he lost patience with me, he came back and apologized to me. I was just a teenager and my respect for him grew by leaps and bounds that day.
When I was 29 years old, I called him and begged him to rescue me from the very abusive man that I had been married to for 10 years. He became my real-life hero that day and then he shielded me from the threatening phone calls that ensued. My dad was such a gentle person, yet he did not back down. Then three years later, with tears in his eyes and a catch in his throat, he officiated my marriage to the dear, sweet, loving man that I have been married to for nearly 21 years now.
I think the most important thing my dad did for his children, was love our mother, and treat her like a queen. We saw that lived out every day.
He left this veil of tears 20 years ago, at about this time of year. And I know I will see him again one day.
I am so grateful to have had such a wonderful dad.
I seldom say much that is real personal, but I think my dad deserves to be praised just a little bit.
If you still have a dad that you love to bits, I hope you let him know how very much you love him. I wish I had told my dad a lot more often.
Have a lovely day, my friends, and Happy Father's Day to my dear husband and to all of the wonderful dads out there!!!