Sunday is Father's Day in the United States. It is a wonderful day to honor fathers. Yet sometimes this day and other holidays can be bittersweet. On this Father's day weekend I remember my own Dad and also remember Wayne, my husband and the father of my children. They have both passed onto their Heavenly home. Yet during their lives on earth they both provided strong spiritual guidance and were an example for their families. They both demonstrated a strong work ethic and loved their families. They were both men of great patience, calmness, and humility. Finally, they both maintained their steadfast faith even during the last difficult years of their lives. I also remember my father-in-law with fond memories. Finally, I am thankful to my three sons who are all Godly men and are raising their families in the ways of the Lord.
Perhaps, you are a former caregiver who took care of either a father, father-in-law, or a husband. Perhaps, you are a current family caregiver who is caring for one of these and are feeling the sorrow of your loved one's decline. On this day and every day try to remember the sweet memories. Try to remember how your loved one has impacted your life in good and sweet ways in the past. If your past does not contain sweet and loving memories with your loved one, concentrate on the love of your Heavenly Father who has never left you or forsook you. He is the Heavenly Father to which all of us can cling for love, protection and grace.
Sometimes when we have lost someone or are seeing significant declines in our loved ones, we feel sadness in the loss of that person or in the loss of the way things used to be. Let's use this day and every day in our lives to remember the sweet memories and also to be thankful for the daily blessings our Heavenly Father showers on us. Let us rejoice in our Heavenly Father.