Opinion: Father’s Day
Commentary by Michael VandenBerg
Sunday was Father’s Day, and the day was spent showing our appreciation to our dads and husbands for the love and care and constant support they have provided for us over the past year. However, we are all, I am sure, aware of times when our dads have fallen short of perfection, but our love remains.
Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are both reminders of the always-perfect love of our heavenly father. God’s love is and should be reflected in our earthly parents as we are all made in the image of God. To the extent that we see this, then it is a wonderful reminder that God’s love, so much greater than our earthly father’s love, will be constant, eternal and ever with us. To the extent that we see our earthly fathers fail, it is a reminder that we still have the love of our heavenly father who will never fail.
The oft-quoted “John 3:16” tells us that God loved the world so much that he gave his only son to demonstrate his total love for us and to pay the price for our sinfulness and disobedience. “Psalm 68” tells us that God is father to the fatherless and protector of widows. His love is perfect and his care is complete.
Perhaps every day should be father’s day. This would give us the opportunity to show our love for God and all of his wonderful provisions and care. If you have not spoken to your heavenly father in awhile, perhaps today is the day to start again. He loves you, and he is just waiting for you to return to him so he can show you.
If your father is less than perfect or perhaps even absent, know that God the father is always close at hand, will never leave or desert you and will always be ready with love that is immeasurable. Happy Father’s Day.