June 22, 2017 by John Nicholas Prassas
I was just counting my blessings – along with my new treasures – from last weekend’s Father’s Day celebration.
Two of my kids teamed up to buy me a new BBQ grill and they insisted I get a higher-end model, hence the beautiful 5-burner ‘Broil King’ you see on the left.
My natural instinct was to conserve their money by picking something cheaper but I understood the spirit of their generosity and was proud they could afford something so nice, so I went along.
Meanwhile my wife gave me some gorgeous French Laguiole style steak knives I had wanted and got me even nicer ones than I had targeted.
These gifts were humbling reminders of God’s generosity and abundance – and how hard it can be to accept his grace when it comes our way.
And not to be outdone, my 5-year old Granddaughter gave me the priceless artwork displayed on the right. This also surpassed my expectations since I didn’t expect anything from her at all!
Sadly her father, my other son, was not with us due to mental health issues that have led him ‘off the grid’ and out of contact – but never out of our thoughts and prayers.
So here I am brimming with pride, joy, gratitude and sadness, all at the same time.
This is what Fatherhood is about, I think, judging from what Jesus taught us about our ‘Abba Father.’
“Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep,” the scriptures tell us.
I dearly miss my earthly father on days like this. But I am so thankful to have a heavenly Father who understands everything, is beyond generous and always has us covered whether we are standing tall or he is standing vigil for our return.
May every day be Father’s Day with treasures for you and yours.
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