a few thoughts on Father’s day

June 19, 2011

Father’s day, as well as Mother’s day, can be tough on a lot of people.  Pretty much everyone I know has some kind of hang-up with their folks.  Perfect parents don’t exist and neither do perfect children.  I know that for myself, I was a much better father before I had kids.  Then you have these little people in reality and all those ideals about parenting and life go flying out the window… along with (oftentimes) whatever sanity you thought you had left.

Just this past week my 6-year-old son Caleb had his tonsils and adenoids removed.  A routine surgery right?  Sure.  Until you see the look of utter terror on your child’s face trying to reconcile the pain he is experiencing with the fact that it was his parents who brought him to this place of torture.  The last few days my wife and I have watched as he struggles to eat, sleep and now he’s lost body weight that he didn’t have to spare.

To all those dads and moms who have children with chronic disease, disabilities and special needs and love them well:  You are the real heroes!  

It is likely the hardest thing we experience for parents to watch their children suffer with pain, no matter how temporary.  That is something our true Father knows well enough.  He is certainly no stranger to that kind of suffering.  We take great comfort in the staggering thought that He knows us and is present with us no matter the circumstance.

Happy Father Day!

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