Many of us will be celebrating “Father’s Day” tomorrow. After nearly 16 months of isolation, quarantine and not being able to share time with our families, we have been given the all clear to resume our daily lives in a manner as it was before the pandemic.
Being able to gather with our family and friends, and able to share hugs and meals “face-to-face” is something we have all been yearning for so long, and it feels almost surreal to be at this place of normalcy again.
However, there are those of us that will not be sharing Father’s Day with our dads this weekend because they lost the fight with COVID-19 and succumbed to the ravages of the pandemic passing from this world and into the next. Sadly, I am one of those who will be wishing my “Pops” a happy Father’s Day in absentia this year.
I know I am not alone in this reality because many of my friends are celebrating the same way this weekend.
Please do not take my message as one of utter grief and despair, but one of hope in a time of despair. As it says in Ecclesiastes 3, beginning at verse one—
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance….”
It is important as Christians that we remember that we have a finite number of days on this Earth, and we need to let our loved ones know how much we love and care about them, and what they mean to us. We need to do this not only on holidays, but every day we have on this big blue and green sphere.
It is up to us to show them how much they mean to us not in grand gestures, but in small, significant gestures of love and meaningfulness. Tell them how much you love and appreciate them because of who they are, and not what they can give you, or do for you.
Do not squander even one moment of time: make time to share a meal or a phone call because as we know, God does not tell us how long we have with those we love, and to waste time doing menial things, instead of sharing time with loved ones, it is time we can never get back.
My message to you is, love our parents deeply and build those memories you will make to keep their spirits alive and well for many years to come.
To the moms out there who are both mom and dad to their children — you are doing great. Give yourselves some credit because being a single parent is not easy.
And last, but not least, to the dads of small children, please love those angels God has blessed you with, because they are only yours for a short while.
May all of you fathers have a blessed, and happy Father’s Day weekend.