|GREG MILLER WITH HIS SONS, CORY (L) AND CHRIS (R)|
TODAY THE WORD is FATHERHOOD. First, may I say Happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there and may every child step up and spend time with you. May you have the “spoils of the day” and have someone grill or cook something special for you. Today, I have thoughts on fatherhood and I wanted to see what the Free Dictionary described as fatherhood: fa·ther·hood (fär-hd) n.
1. The state of being a father.
2. The qualities of a father.
3. Fathers considered as a group
Fatherhood, or the state of being a father is a big responsibility. I was Daddy’s girl so my feelings are very strong on how a child is affected by his or her father. I am going to skip my personal story this morning as I have written many times on him and I want to cover a different story. I met my husband almost fifteen years ago and we had both been divorced for over 12 years. I met both of his teenage sons and I saw how much his sons meant to him.Divorce can produce distance with children but I saw them reaching out to each other and overriding feelings of a different life with Daddy. Throughout the visits, I joined in the laughter, games, pranks they played on their Dad and he would retaliate, many out and out for “blood” putt-putt golf games, and in general they made the most of the time with their Dad. Oh, the competition was there when we went bowling and it was “man to man” competition with Greg hanging in tough. I saw a lot of healing and a closeness grew stronger and stronger. As years have gone by and both sons have grown up and have families of their own; I see a proud man and father, who reminds me of his own sweet Dad, Pappy Miller, who was such a loving Father and Granddaddy. Greg has now six grandsons and he loves each and every one of them and he glows with pride on what a great job his sons are doing as Fathers. I look at this loving situation and I smile. Now for my deeper thought…Life can present difficulties, and how we as humans react and work toward adapting to new surroundings is the key element. A family should stay together even if they are apart. A Father and Mother are important to children and all parents whether you can be a single family unit or if you are caught in having to be separate parents. Be together when it comes to your children and the children will have reason to celebrate all holidays. Live life, love life, and live life to the fullest by honoring your Father and Mother all the days of your life. Happy Father’s Day to all of you!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Proverbs 4:1-9 ESV
Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
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