A Father’s Day Love Letter

29 Mar

My father left when I was 16.  Since then I’ve wrestled with the bitterness of Father’s Day, but over time I’ve realized that I am not fatherless.  I do have something to share today that I don’t think Hallmark has a card for:

You have never given up on me.  When others have decided I was beyond hope, you did not.

You are faithful.  When I grow restless and have “better things to do,” you don’t do the same.

You are patient with me.  How many times can I possibly make the same mistake over and over again?  But where that would disqualify me or make me unfit with others, you have all the time in the world.

You are the rain and the sun.  You are the peace and rest and retreat from worry I desperately need in the insane mess I make of my life.  You show me the love in the world when I’m ready to give up on it.

To you, I am priceless.  When I have not carried any worth in the hearts of others, there was no price you would not pay for me.

You wanted me.  Nothing I do seems to change your mind about that.

When I hurt, you hold me.  When I cry, you cry, too.

When I am alone, I am not.  Because of you.

(insert a hand-made watercolor with a brand new refrigerator magnet here)

Happy Father’s Day to my King, my Rock…my Heavenly Father.  Your love makes all the difference in my life, so today I share my love with you in return.

Yours with all my heart,

(Cross-posted at Examiner.com on June 21, 2009.)

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