What a blessing to be a dad! Yes, the gift of being a loving dad to sons and daughters is a godly gift that is so wonderful, fantastic, honorable, meaningful and magnificent.
Why? Of course, it all has to do with sharing -- sharing your life and love, and sharing your time, efforts, sacrifices, sweat, energies, interests and self.
Fatherhood is holy and loving and responsible for raising sons and daughters with mercy, fairness, truth, goodness, humility and thankfulness every day.
Fatherhood is a special calling by God to share your faith in God, the author of all life, human and divine. All fathers are called to this noble vocation to be good dads.
The blessing carries with it so many wonderful aspects. A child running to greet you home with a big hug and kiss just for your showing up. Your child telling you, "I love you, Dad!" Your children wrapping their arms around you to know that they are safe and secure in your care. Your children looking up to you since you have given them life, security, happiness and joy in great measure.
THE BLESSING ALSO carries with it great responsibilities. To share your love means being tough when circumstances warrant a punishment for wrong behavior by your child. It means being non-negotiable when it means that you say "no" to your child. It means carrying your child to the hospital for surgery. Even when you are longing to sit and rest awhile, you find the time to go over and say an encouraging word to your son and daughter because you are Dad.
So on this Father's Day, give thanks to God for your being a good dad.
Rely upon God to share your love willingly and freely with sons and daughters.
Give those sons and daughters the best gift possible -- the gift of your time to share all the important aspects of their growing up, and being raised by a tender loving dad who cares about them, no matter what. Your love is there always and forever, with a gentle heart of unending love. Amen!
(The writer is parochial vicar of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)