Father's Day without your Dad and inspiration found in 2 Corinthians 6:18 for this week's Sunday Inspiration.
Father's Day without your Dad can be hard. But did you know that in 2 Corinthians 6:18 the Lord mentions that He will be a father to you?
My Dad has been gone for 12 years now and not a day goes by without me thinking about him and missing him.
Here's a photo of my father with his older brother, Fred, growing up in Germany. My father grew up on a farm in Germany.
Make your Father's Favorite Recipe
But what do you do for Father's Day when your dad is gone? Especially when all of social media is full of photos of dad's?
One way you can celebrate the holiday without feeling sad is to make a special recipe that you know your father enjoyed. My father loved my Crescents Roll Fruit Tart. He always asked which bakery I purchased it from when I served him a slice.
Share Happy Memories
Spend some time talking about your dad with your children. My kids love when we share little stories about their "Opa." They can even imitate his voice perfectly! My son, Michael, has my dad's crooked smile and dimple in his chin.
My father loved to talk about his childhood and growing up in Germany. He grew up on a farm and loved to garden, which is something I love to do now also. My father would be so happy to know that I truly have inherited my love for gardening from him!
Feel free to look through the many gardening posts I have here on the site for inspiration in starting your very own garden.
Father's Day without Your Dad
Finally, the last thing I was to share with you about my father is that he loved the Lord. He was a minister and pastored a large church in Queens, NY while I was growing up.
So it makes sense that the last thing I share with you today is a scripture verse to help us all cope with missing our fathers.
A few weeks after my father died I was reading my Bible and this verse from 2 Corinthians 6:18 jumped out at me...
“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:18
God wants us to know that even though our earthly fathers are no longer with us, we still have our heavenly father with us. In fact, God has always been with us and will continue to be with us forever.
If you're missing your dad this Father's Day, why not reach out to your heavenly Father. He's waiting for you.
My dad and I many years ago enjoying the day at Candlewood Lake, CT.
My dad and I on my wedding day. I love this photo of us that he kept on his desk until the day he passed.
This post has been updated since it first appeared in 2016 with a few new photos and memories of my father. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
I was looking for a particular recipe and to find this post about dads was a double blessing. This year will be 3 years and I think about him several times a day. He was a great man.
Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I'm glad you found the post to be a blessing.
Thank you for this precious parents st about your father. It really touched me... Thank you!
Sorry-- meant to type 'precious post'...
Thank you for the lovely comment. I knew what you meant!
Renee Harris says
Thank you Lois, for the perfect scripture for today. My dad died in 2016. He was part of the greatest generation. I don’t think there was a thing he could not fix or repair. He worked hard all his life to loving care for Mom and four children. God bless your day.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this post today Renee. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful dad and grandfather!
2 CORINTHIANS 6:18 who cares, does a little kid care about 2 CORINTHIANS 6:18 . not at all. I haven't had a father for 45 years I was 7 when he died. Part of that little boy died that day was well. the innocent of childhood was gone. Every Christmas, Every Birthday and yes Father's day God and Jesus and the Bible are not parents,. Tell that little boy or girl it will be ok, Well it wasn't . Life is harder on some of us. since than my brother committed suicide from the wrong prescribe medicine. I was set on fire at work spent 2 weeks in ICU I thought I'd get a settlement I had a lawyer the only thing I got was sorry for your life long pain only later to have a finger get ripped off last December at work. Ya GOD is great. GOD should of just killed me 45 years ago.
I'm very sorry for all the loss and suffering you've been through. Hoping you can find peace to help you deal with everything. God is good and He is waiting to help you.
I am sorry for your loss but you don't have to demean what brought her comfort to soothe your hurt. Blowing out her candle won't make yours any brighter. I pray the lord continue to reach you and minister to you and one day that you feel HIS goodnessamd HIS mercy. He did not cause all those bad things to happen, if you dig a little further into the bible you will see Ephesians 6:12, KJV: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places". You are blaming the wrong One for your troubles.
God is very real and is a good good father. I too have lost my father when I was 8 and it has been 27 years of learning to live without him it isn't easy at all but I don't blame God one bit. God is the one that turns the bad things into good for my favor.
Thank you Esther. I did email Rich separately when I received his comment a few weeks ago. Hope you had an okay day yesterday thinking of your dad and celebrating his memory.