Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there! I hope that you have had a good one. I still remember each of my girls being born and being amazed at the miracle of holding one so beautiful (even though it also brought nappies, sleepless nights and teenage angst with it)!
It’s such a huge blessing being a Father and a tremendous challenge too. I loved reading with my girls and going out on walks, etc. However, there are times I know I have messed up, been weak and self-centred. Divorce also has had painful impacts on all affected.
For all of you who have had poor Father’s or didn’t know them, my heart goes out to you. My own Dad was great in many ways but also left scars. Hurt people hurt people. I am glad of my own daughters forgiveness of my mistakes. But it’s great to know that I have a heavenly father who lavishes his love on me despite knowing my failings.
Today is also World Refugee Day. I was struck by this video which reflects the story of so many Fathers.
One of the biggest costs to Father’s who flee persecution is loss of contact with their family. This is often incredibly hard. It also puts great pressure on mothers who have to hold the family together. It is not just the case with refugees but also those who are put into prison for their faith. I’ve heard of Christians who, on release, get home only to find their children scared of this strange man in their home. Chinese Uyghur Christian Alimjan Yimit has been in prison for his faith for over 10 years and has missed his children grow up. And there are so many fatherless children and orphans in countries like Nigeria where to be without a Father leaves you very vulnerable.
So tough for the families involved. So many individual stories of pain.
Yet there is always hope. Open Doors seeks to support believers in this situation whether it is by letter writing campaigns; providing financial support for the family and counselling where appropriate.
Thanks for your support. I did a generosity challenge today (you can’t ask others to give and not do so yourself) and am progressing well with recipes. Also I may do more greetings cards for those interested though I can’t count that as a new challenge!
As ever your help makes a real difference to Father’s, Mothers and children around the world. Could you be a change maker today?