As I sit here this morning & reflect on Father's Day I think of how blessed I am. I have been given some of the most influential, Godly men to help mold & shape my life.
My Grandpa DeVries was an honorable man. I don't ever recall seeing him mad. He loved us all in such an unconditional way. I have so many wonderful memories of him growing up and as an adult. My grandmother passed away when I was 14 and so my grandpa became a staple in our household. Every Wednesday night he came for dinner until he married many years later. I remember him sitting in church every Sunday morning, next to his brothers & sisters in the back pew of church. He never missed a Sunday. I also remember the day that he stood in the front of the church and publicly professed God to be his Lord & Savior. He was close to 80 years old. Yes, he was in church every Sunday, listening to the minister, but it wasn't until his later years in life that he truly understood the meaning of salvation and accepted the truth into his heart!
Then there is my own dad. A man who could drive my mom crazy, but love her so deeply at the same time. He had a laugh that came from deep in his belly. I hear it ever so often to this day. How I miss him so. He was a source of strength to my sisters & me. He was not perfect, but he was a trusting man, a gentle soul, & when I truly admit it to myself, he was perfect in eyes. He worked hard all his life to support our family, putting my sisters & I through the christian school. He made sure that we were in church every Sunday, he prayed at the dinner table before every meal, reading the Bible afterward. He could & would tell jokes like no other. They were always funny when you told them to him, but when he turned around and told that same joke to someone else it was absolutely hilarious! My dad left me a great legacy in being a man of God & teaching me of God and the unconditional love for me.
My husband, where do I even begin? Even after all these years (32 since we met & almost 30 since we married), I love him deeply and completely. He is the calm in my storm, his gentle touch when I become so "passionate" about something. His smile, his laugh, his true devotion to me & our sons. He is exactly the kind of father to our sons that I've always dreamed a dad could & should be. He is gentle, considerate and deeply devoted to the boys' & to me. He is an awesome provider & a positive influence. He is a true man of God. He is a model to our sons of what God's love is.
But my most important dad in my life? God - my Heavenly Father. When I continue to fail, or I am deeply saddened and lash out at Him in anger, He continues to love me regardless of how I act or how I feel. His forgiveness is never ending. His love surrounds me much like your favorite blanket on a cool winter's day. He is the ultimate, He gave the ultimate and He will provide me with the ultimate when my time here on earth is done.
I am truly a blessed woman today and everyday. My life has been surrounded with positive, Godly men & I thank my God for these blessings every day.
Happy Father's Day.