Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday Morning Devo - Just Say, "I love you, Dad."
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. Luke 15:20
This short verse is taken from the story of the prodigal son, beginning at Luke 15:11. To get the full impact of how much the father loved his child, you need to read the whole thing. If you've never really read this one, you might want to grab some Kleenexes.
There are a lot of families in this world who are estranged--some for good reason; maybe one of the parents was sexually abusive. Most of the estrangements happen, though, because of an argument.
What would it hurt--other than your pride--to call and say "I love you, Dad." You don't have to say another word--just that. I think he will understand the strength and courage it took for you to do that.
With the prodigal son, he was thoroughly ashamed of himself, but maybe you haven't done anything wrong. Maybe Dad just misunderstood or was having a bad day.
Call him. Those words aren't so hard to say. You'll never be sorry you said it., but you probably will be if you don't.
The picture above is of my dad maybe five years before he passed away. I miss him so very much, and I've asked God to tell him "Happy Father's Day" for me, and also "I love you, Dad."
While I'm at it, Lord, Happy Father's Day to You too. You are the ultimate Father, the prime example of fatherhood, the first and last Father. I love You too. Amen.