What comes to mind when YOU think of Father’s Day? When you think of YOUR dad? Baseball games? Quiet talks, fishing at the lake? Story-telling before bed? Or perhaps feelings of despair or abandonment? Whatever your memories or current experiences with fathering, my colleague, Val Minard, writing for the June 7, 2017 edition of My Central Jersey, has some inspiration for you. She sites a friend’s initially sad story of an abusive dad and how spiritual insight and healing gave her a glimpse of a Heavenly Father. And that made all the difference to her life. Here’s Val:
With Father’s Day almost here, many of us are reminded of all the wonderful ways fathers have strengthened and supported their families.
But for more than 20 million children living in the US without the physical presence of a father, Father’s Day can be a difficult time. Add to that the millions of dads who are physically present but emotionally absent.
According to the National Center for Fathering, if fatherlessness “were classified as a disease, [it]…would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency,” since so many social ills seem to stem from it. (http://www.fathers.com/statistics-and-research/the-extent-of-fatherlessness/.)
Although my father was not present for most of my childhood, learning about God as my Father and Mother in the Christian Science Sunday School helped me feel that my divine parent would help me no matter what kind of a problem I had.
I’ve always loved how Jesus spoke about God as Father. In his “Sermon on the Mount” he said to a large crowd: “…When you pray, go into your own room, shut your door and pray to your Father privately. Your Father who sees all private things will reward you….For your Father knows your needs before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:6-8)……
….Ginny Luedeman experienced the blessings of this concept of God. For much of her childhood, her dad was an alcoholic and abusive. When he left the family, she was glad the abuse had ended, but she felt abandoned.
Then, when she was 19, she began to read Science and Health, and the line, “Our Father-Mother God, all harmonious,” particularly resonated with her. She began to see God as a loving Father, who would never harm His child….