Father's Day Is Here

Growing up.  I was always glad that while Mother's Day happened while school was in session, and Father's Day did not.  I never wanted to talk about my dad.  When asked I would usually go with a lie.  I would say that my dad died before I was born, or something to that affect.  It wasn't even much later that I would actually tell people, that I never really knew my father.

The best representation that I have personally encountered in pop culture, was the Fresh Prince episode, which is now an internet meme.  His dad was a truck driver, which hit home with me.  His dad had abandoned him, as a young kid.  The one major difference, in the show, his father showed back up briefly which gave Will hope that they would become like an actual father and son.  If you're familiar with the episode, it ends with Will crying asking Uncle Phil what his dad didn't want him.

I found the last few minutes of the episode on YouTube.  Here's a clip, if you want to see what I'm talking about.

When I was very young, I didn't understand.  I asked when he would come back for a while, and one day I gave up on asking.  As I got older, I was angry for many years.  In my teenage angst, I often thought I would like to meet the old man just to beat him to up.  Because of how I felt, I'm glad that I never saw him again.  

It wasn't until I found faith, that I was able to let go of my anger.  Anger and bitterness definitely hurt you, more than the person that you are angry or bitter towards.

So, today on this Father's Day.  Be thankful, if you had a good dad.  Even though, I know it is not easy, try to be forgiving, if you didn't.

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." - Psalm 68:5


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