As I scrolled through my Facebook and Instagram accounts first thing this morning and saw all the sweet Father’s Day messages and memories.
However, God placed it on my heart to write to those people who may not have those memories or that sweet and magical relationship with their father.
Unfortunately, there are many dads who fall short in being that parent God designed them to be. As a result, the pain of today can run deep instead of being a day of sweet memories and time spent with your dad.
I am truly sorry as you struggle to get through today when the media has bombarded us with what society has set for a standard of what the “perfect” dad is like and who he is supposed to be.
If you are struggling with terrible memories that haunt you instead of memories that bless or inspire you, my encouragement for you is to be strong my Friend, knowing today will not last forever.
Take the day, instead of sitting in the hardship and go out to make sweet memories with your kids (if you are a dad). If you are not a dad, look in your heart and see if there are people in your life who did take you under their wing and guided you and loved you when they did not have to. Consider calling them or visit them and express your appreciation for the love they shared with you and how much it meant or means to you.
Unfortunately, there are still those people who will find even the latter of these difficult because parental figures just let you down at every turn. Today, I encourage you to just get out of the house and go do something you enjoy. Go out for a long run or go to the beach. Are you a hiker? Then hit the trails. It does not matter what your favorite thing is so long as you get out of the house and use your favorite activity as a distraction to get through the day.
My friend, I know personally how hard days like today can be and how lonely you may feel. Please know that you are not alone. There are many people who know your hidden pain. They may not talk about it openly, but they know how ugly and real the pain is.
It is my prayer that you do not get lost or stuck in this pain and that you can stand up tall and strong and fight back against the hurt and even the tears rising above all the wrongdoings of your memories.
To those of you who are struggling today, know that you are not forgotten. There will be a special prayer in my heart for those of you who may need them to get through today.
Stand tall and strong, you have the strength to get through this difficult day!