Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – and to the moms who are filling the dad role for a variety of reasons! This is my 14th Father’s Day without my beloved Dad who passed away in 2002 and it’s still a difficult holiday for my siblings and me. Combined with the sadness of losing my brother-in-law this past week, as I blogged about in the past two posts, today was an extra difficult day full of tears and hugs.
It always amazes me how emotional I still get on these special days, as so many memories come flooding back. My Dad was not only a great husband, father, and grandfather…but also a wonderful man, loved by everyone who knew him well.
Dad was born in Florida. He grew up to serve his country in the army, stationed in Germany, where he met an air force lieutenant. After completing their service, they went back to her home state of New Hampshire, got married, and raised four kids. Dad eventually became grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to 8 (so far). Unfortunately, he never had the joy of meeting any of the great-grandchildren, since lymphoma stole him much too soon on September 2, 2002, at the age of 69.
At all times, Dad loved his Lord, his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his other family members, and his friends. He was one of the best role models and life examples of being a godly man.
I just want to encourage all of you who still have your Dads with you – if you have good and healthy relationships with them – cherish the time you have together, and appreciate each day of life, while you can!
Back in 2012, I wrote this book in Dad’s honor and memory, entitled Fatherly Reflections.
Here is an excerpt and “sneak peak” from the introduction:
Two weeks before Father’s Day 2012, I awoke with the inspiration to write my first book, focusing on the topic of fatherhood.
My initial thought was to include the various reflections, poems, and words of wisdom about and from my own Dad. Then I decided to expand it to include thoughts from other family members and friends for whom my Dad was a father, a grandfather, a father figure, and/or an inspiration in their lives in some way.
In another section, I decided to include thoughts from other people about their own fathers, grandfathers, father figures, and — yes — reflections on our Heavenly Father.
Finally, since I know not everyone has had the benefit of having a wonderful Dad like I did, I decided to include a section of thoughts for current and future fathers about things to do and NOT do in order to be good fathers.
The experience of writing this eBook has been an amazing journey, reflecting on my childhood and 50+ years of life — all influenced by the amazing man I was proud to call Dad: Ben Willis.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Did the special man in your life (or you, if you’re a dad!) enjoy this Father’s Day?
If your father is not still with you, how have you managed to get through this day?