The True Father’s Day

#ThrowbackThursday — This post was originally posted June 11, 2010

This is the first Father’s Day I will be without my dad. It did not really hit me until the other day when I strolled past a display of Father’s Day cards. Instinctively I started to walk toward the display thinking, “Oh, I should get my dad’s card.” No sooner had the thought entered my mind when I remembered he was no longer with us. A sense of loss suddenly filled me; a sense of missing someone you love; a sense of wanting to see him again.

It made me wonder if I have the same sense of loss of not being with God my Father. Do I miss his companionship when I don’t spend enough time with Him? Do I have a love for God that makes me miss Him – makes me long for Him? Do I grieve over the sinful things I do that harm my relationship with Him? Isaiah 59:2 reminds us that our sin separates us from God, that “sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (NIV) Paul told the Ephesians not to “grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30)

Paul expressed the longing he had for God the Father and Jesus. In Ephesians 1:23-24 he describes being torn between his desire for Jesus and his desire to stay and teach others about Christ. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” I question if I have that same love for God my Father. Do I live in expectation of the day when there will be a reunion with God my father in heaven? Do I long for others to know the love of God?

While this Father’s Day carries with it sadness and loss, there is also joy in thinking about the reunion with God the Father and my dad on the true Father’s Day in heaven.  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3) There we will no longer feel the pain of separation or the grief of loss. We will live forever in the joy of his presence. “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)

© 2010 CGThelen

4 thoughts on “The True Father’s Day

  1. This is touching…and challenging. A friend of mine often reminds me that “all we need to do it to WANT Him.” By this, she is saying that as believers, our obedience is derived from loving Him. Our desire to spend time with Him is prompted by just wanting to be with Him. What you have written is another way to say it. So glad God gave you this insight to comfort you this year.

    He promises that in His house are many rooms…that He goes before us to prepare a place for us so that where He is we may be, too (John 14). What an invitation! What a promise! Not just a possibility, but a completed work for those who know Him as Lord! That’s for reminding us…

    1. It’s also comforting to know that when we are reunited with God that the pain of grief and the tears of this world will be gone. We will experience true joy in the way it was meant to be in the beginning. We will experience true relationship with God.
      Rev. 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

      1. In Saginaw VBS this week, we were using the Wordless Book with the preK-6th graders, and I saw quite a response to the truth used with the gold page that in heaven there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, sadness. That resonates with them very personally. May the seeds that God planted grow to maturity in those sweet, tender hearts.

  2. Good stuff, thanks for the reminder about my heavenly Father and how I ‘treat’ Him. I’ll miss my dad this weekend and think of you as well.

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