Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
I was driving home last night (almost a 3 hour drive – 175 miles one way) and was listening to talk radio from the U.S.A. The Bill Cunningham Show – conservative talk radio. We don’t get it here on Canadian stations but late at night the program comes in on a number of American radio stations. I think I started listening to it from a Chicago station and then part way home I switched to KOA from Denver as their signal was better and, in fact, good all the way home.
He was commenting that Father’s Day reminded him every year of a mistake he made in his relationship with his alcoholiv father who deserted the family when he was very young. When his father called him from his death bed many years later Bill – then a university law student – refused to go and talk with him. His answer to his father was: “You were not there in life for me, I won’t be there in death for you.” You could tell that Bill was still upset by this decision – which he now admits was a very immature and definitely seriously wrong decision – which he made 15+ years ago. It still bothers him.
As someone whose father died back in the early 1970’s and who died while I was half way across the continent I understood the desire on Father’s Day to tell your father that he is loved and that you appreciate him. Wish I could tell my dad that – even now 35 years later. Telling your loved ones how important and how loved and appreciated they are is really important. And, maybe we should do it without first waiting for some annual holiday to remind us – and do it more than once a year.
His program hit home for a second reason driving home late last night – Father’s Day – as I finished an 18 hour work day preaching and ministering … my three girls took the time to say happy Father’s Day and give me a hug (we are famous for our hugs) but I did not hear from any of my three sons. Not even a phone call or a card dropped off while I was on the road.
Made me think of the fact that I had not wished my heavenly Father “Happy Father’s Day” for, afterall, He is THE Father we have to be most thankful for – as He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we can now be children of the living God.
Happy belated Father’s Day Abba!