Campus Alive

June 17, 2007

Happy Father’s Day

Filed under: Message,Wishes — campusalive @ 6:40 pm
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the world! This is a day children get to cook for you, take you out for a fancy dinner, buy something nice for you, and so on.

To be completely honest with each and every one of you, I have never really take notice of this day. I never recognize its significance nor do I celebrate it. In my mind, it is a day of hypocrisy. Children pretend to be a good daddy’s sons and daughter for one day. It is a day when food is sold at a ridiculously high price; it is also a day for people to falsely profess their love toward their father.

You see, I grow up in a family where my mother is both the mother figure and the father figure of the house. My father? Well, he is a distant character in our home, even until now. He comes back from work once every few months. When he was at home, he did not talk much. The most he did was to “bribe” me with some money so that I could buy newspapers and batteries(for my GameBoy). So I grew up not knowing who my father really was, except the fact that he is my father.

Pastor said that our view toward our earthly father sometimes ingrain inside our mind so much that we see our heavenly father the same way we see our earthly father. Sheila Walsh, the author of “Life Is Tough But God Is Faithful”, confessed that she had problem seeing our father God as a friendly, loving, caring God because she had a dark past with her own earthly fathers. She did not use the word “father” in her prayers for a long time, until she finally found peace with her father. So I guess the pastor is right in saying that how we see our own father might sometimes affect how we see God.

For years, I saw our father God as someone distant too. I saw Him as someone who would just come to me once in a while, answering some of my prayers. That’s all. Of course, all these changed after I came to this place. I got engaged in a more intimate relationship with Father than before and I realized something. He is not just a distant father who “comes home” once a few months. He is not a father who doesn’t talk much. In fact, He is right with me all day long, listening to all my complaints, grumbling, and mumbling I have against this world and Him. Every single time I complained to Him, it felt as if He was listening there patiently for me to finish and more often than not, He would show me something later on to reassure me of what I was suppose to do.

Eventually, I find my peace with Father God. Now it is time for me to find my peace with my own father too. I am thinking, “Today is a beginning to something new. I’ll try to mend my relationship with him. I’ll try to call him once a while to say ‘hello’ and most importantly, I’ll try my very best to lead him to Christ.” If there were a gift in this world that I can present to my father today, it would be God’s salvation. In this meaningful day, I just wish that he will open his heart to God and receive that eternal salvation that I’ve experienced.

Dad, I know that you are not reading this. But if you do, I just want to tell you that I love you.

Do you feel like you have not spoken to your father in a long time? Whatever reasons you have to be away from your father, take note that God the Father have never distance Himself from you. So why do you get away from your earthly father? Take this opportunity to bless your father. Give him a call to just let him know that you are doing fine in your life. Give him a hug or a kiss. He might not talk much at times, but he definitely loves you. Because Father God loves you too.

Happy Father’s Day.

Dad’s child,
Leen

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4 Comments »

  1. nice post Leen and thanks also for the reminder in your last paragraph… I only called my dad… not used to giving hug or kiss.

    Comment by not a scholar — June 17, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

  2. happy fathers day leen!! =)

    Comment by cal — June 19, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  3. u shud hug and kiss ur dad b4 u go off to usa…

    Comment by Pat — June 21, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  4. Hey, it is no that easy to give a hug and it is even harder to give a kiss. But I think I’ll try to do that. No promise, ok? =P

    Comment by Leen — June 23, 2007 @ 11:27 am


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