Sunday, June 15, 2008

Celebrating Father's Day




Dear Heavenly Father,

For all these years, I've failed to see Father's Day as a day to honor You. I'm sure that on this day I've thanked You in the past for my earthly father, or at least I sure hope I have. But after he passed away in 2003, I didn't feel that I had anything to celebrate on this particular holiday anymore. I thought of myself as fatherless.

But that's not true.

I've been Your daughter for a very long time. And You have never failed me, even though I have often failed to give You the credit.

You gave me life.
You gave me parents who loved me and a sister who is also a wonderful friend.
You gave me grandparents who adored me.
You have surrounded me with godly friends throughout my life, protecting me in so many ways.
You provided financially for my family, even when medical bills came with every trip to the mailbox, and you continue to provide for me with a job with good benefits.
You have given me talents to use so that I might be a blessing to others.
You have given me food, shelter, and clothing every day of my life.

You gave me a beautiful world in which to live.
You broke down the walls of my heart and allowed me to accept You as my Savior.
You give me an open invitation to communicate with You whenever I want and have never denied me Your ear or Your time.
You have provided healing for hurts and physical ailments on more occasions than I can count.
You have given me Your Word to guide me.
You have given me more grace than I could ever have asked for or imagined.

Father God, thank You for reminding me that I am not Fatherless. Thank You for giving and giving and giving to me. You are more than enough for me.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matt. 7:9-11, NIV)

6 comments:

michelle said...

wow! great insight. I somehow missed the connection of Father's day to my heavenly father too.

michelle said...

Great post...somehow I also missed the obvious connection between Father's day and my heavenly Father.

kasogayle said...

That blog was beautiful, A...seriously. You just blessed the socks off of your heavenly father! Have you heard the song "Abba Father" by the Daniel Doss Band? I came across it working on a Father's Day video for church but have been listening to it non-stop for the past week...

"Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

M - Thanks. I'm glad I finally made the connection myself.

K - You are so sweet! I haven't heard that song, but I'll try to take a listen soon.

Krista said...

Beautiful.

Renae said...

Alyssa, this is beautiful. You should try to get it published. :-)

--r