Father’s Day Blessing
Soon after I got my driver’s license, I was driving my dad’s car home from the movies one evening. As I was crossing the highway, a car slammed into me and wrecked the car. My dad had just spent over a thousand dollars overhauling the engine. I pulled over and called my dad. As I waited for him to come, I became very nervous. I knew he would be mad. I braced myself for a lecture. When my dad arrived, he walked right up to me and asked me if I was all right—even before he looked at the car. I learned a powerful lesson that day. I learned the blessing of unconditional love.
This incident reminds me of a story Luke tells about a young man who decides to take his share of his father’s inheritance and move away from home. However, in a very short time, he squanders all his money with prostitutes and wild living, and ends up scrounging for anything to eat—even pig slop. He decides to go back home and beg his father to hire him. Luke tells us what happens in Luke 15:20. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
This is a lesson that fathers can learn: to love our children, regardless of the dumb things they do. Why? Because God loved us and forgave us first. He is the best Father we will ever have!
With Father’s Day upon us, let’s reassess the ways we treat our children. Instead of noticing the bad things they do, we can bless them with our love. Do we love them unconditionally, and do we consistently express our love for them?