What better way to celebrate Father's Day than to give voice to men who are advocating for vulnerable children in our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear from them and gain insight into their understanding and compassion for the fatherless and the hurting.
We'd love to introduce you to a few men who have generously shared their heart with us. We asked them to answer a few questions for us, and their answers will leave a lasting impression! Learn a little about who they are, and continue reading throughout the week to hear wisdom and encouragement this Father's Day!
WHAT DOES FATHER'S DAY MEAN TO YOU?
Brian: When viewed in light of what our Heavenly Father has done for us, Father’s Day means so much more. God, in His mercy, stepped into our suffering at the moment of our greatest vulnerability to rescue us as only He could. And, in His wisdom, He has given us, as His image-bearers the opportunity to experience a reflection of His sacrifice through adoption and foster care. We are invited to enter into the suffering of hurting and vulnerable children and offer them hope through the One who is the Father to the fatherless. So, Father’s Day is a day that we have an opportunity, not to celebrate what great fathers we have become, but to be reminded of what a privilege it is to be a father in the first place.
Danny: Father's Day is simply a reminder of the incredible honor it is to be able to serve the role of father, to be able to take and shape a person's life in immeasurable ways. It is a reminder of the mandate our Heavenly Father offers us men, the mandate to follow His model in service and love. It is a reminder of the awesome opportunity to love our children as He loves us.
Caleb: Father’s Day is a special reminder for what I feel like I have been put on this earth to do, which is to be Gray and Gracie’s dad. God brought these children into mine and Jenny’s lives and we are committed to seeing his plan for them and us through.
Steven: Father’s Day reminds me of the joy that I have in watching my kids grow up and preparing them for a lifetime of loving Jesus and their neighbor. It also humbles me because it reminds me that I am far from a perfect dad so I need the grace and forgiveness of Jesus everyday to be the kind of dad I hope to be. And it is this dependence on God that I hope my kids remember most about what it means to be a dad.
Doug: A good lunch and a nap. Seriously, it is a day to slow down and enjoy time with my wife and kids.