I’ve never had much inclination towards Father’s Day.
Of course, I’ve never actually been a dad myself before but my own Dad was really unbothered by it as I was growing up and actively prevented us from buying him anything. He’s got a bit more sentimental now (aww) and I’m sure his first one as Grandad will be a lovely feeling, but for me I’m not really fussed.
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve already got the entire “Best …. Ever” range from my time as a teacher and have no space for “Best Dad Ever” merchandise!
Or maybe it’s because I’m still coming round to the fact that actually there is a small human living in our house who looks up to me as her Daddy and always will do.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly good to give thanks for our Dads. I don’t know where I’d be without my Dad’s kindness, amazing sense of humour and generosity.
But do we need a special commercialised day to ensure this happens?
Wouldn’t it be better to show this day-in day-out in the way we speak to them, speak about them and how we treat them? What’s the point of getting our fathers a card with “Number One Dad” written on it and a bottle of whiskey once a year, if the other 364 days we barely acknowledge their existence?
In the book of Exodus, God commands his people to “honour their father and mother.” This doesn’t mean to obey them in all situations, but to give them due respect and credence in our lives.
For some of us, that is so much harder than for others. For some people, thinking about Dad is very difficult. Maybe they’re no longer here, or they’ve never been around. Maybe they were not a good father at all. And that’s where we as a community and a church family need to step up and help, not once a year, but throughout.
But regardless of what our earthly fathers are like (goodness me, I’m terrified of how bad a father I’m going to be), the Bible also points us to the ultimate, holy, pure Father. The one who is always there. The one who perfectly loves us. The one who doesn’t demand certain standards from us or judges our performance before deciding whether or not to accept us.
The God who made everything longs to be our heavenly Father. Paul writes in Romans 8:15 that when we pray we are to cry “Abba” or “Daddy.” To turn to him, as a lost child turns to their Dad for help. What a privilege.
As we recognise our Dads here on earth, why not look heavenwards to the best Father you could ever want for and let Him do the job he is waiting to do?