Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

My Husband Restored My Faith in Fathers

on June 19, 2016

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There’s been a song in my heart for the past several weeks…Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece”, in which she sings from the perspective of a woman who’s father abandoned her when she was young. It goes on to uplift her husband who redeemed in her mind what a good man and father should do for his family. It brings me to tears every time I hear it.

“He’ll never walk away.

He’ll never break her heart.

He’ll take care of things.

He’ll love her.

Piece by piece, he restored my faith 

That a man can be kind

And a father should be great.”

 

Yes, a father should be great. On Father’s Day, we honor the men in our lives who have been fathers; either biologically, adoptive or spiritually. Since my own father’s passing seven years ago, the day is always a mixture of celebration of my husband and also a bit of sadness, mourning not just the passing of my father but also the relationship we didn’t have. My dad was an imperfect man. In fact, he wasn’t a very good man in many ways. I don’t say that to dishonor him, because I’ve come to forgive him for the wrongs he did against my family and I. He was a sinner (like the rest of us), and he did choose to follow his own selfish ways rather than to be a father. It hurt. It still hurts to think on it. I guess that’s why I’m so grateful that my daughter has a father who, like in the song, has restored my faith that a father can be faithful, self-sacrificing and great.

So today, on Father’s Day, I honor my husband. William, you are the best father to our daughter. There’s not a doubt in my mind that you will never leave her, break her heart or stop loving her. It blesses me beyond measure to see the relationship you have with her. She adores you. She loves spending time with you. As you take her on your Daddy/Daughter dates and to dances and buy her flowers, you are showing her what a good man does and how he treats a lady. You are becoming the standard at which she measures the men that will cross her path when she is older. She will know that she is to be valued and respected and cherished.

Thank you, William. Thank you for being a wonderful Father for our girl. Thank you for your faithfulness to our family and for serving us. Thank you that I never have to fear you are going to just walk away and leave us, like my dad did. I can’t tell you how much that means. We aren’t a perfect couple and we’re not perfect people. We all have issues to work through, but never have I ever questioned for a minute that you are a good man and an even better father.

For those who are reading this who are struggling today with pain because maybe your own father, like mine, hurt you or left you, I’m praying for you today. Praying for comfort. Thanking God that He is our Heavenly Father and that He will never abandon us. For those who are hurting because your children do not have a good father in in their lives, I’m so sorry. Praying for you and your kiddos. Please know that God says He steps in and cares for the widows (abandoned) and the fatherless. He is there. He will meet your kid’s needs. Praying for spiritual and adoptive fathers to step in and show these kiddos what it means to be loved and cared for by a father.

Happy Father’s Day to all of those Dads, stepdads, adoptive dads and spiritually fathers out there who are faithful to their families and to the Lord! We honor you!

 

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