I am so very grateful for my husband, Jim. He is a wonderful father and an exceptional grandpa/papa, and, of course, an awesome husband. He loves unconditionally and takes great pride in his children and grandchildren. He would do anything for them. Our son, Scott, is also a wonderful father to his four little ones. Our son in law, Chad, is another great example of a father to his three little ones.
It takes something special to be a father….it's not just a matter of "fathering" children, but rather, being a role model for them, nurturing them, teaching them. This role of daddy has so much responsibility, and a true father takes on that responsibility without questioning all that it entails. He can be the best teacher his children will ever know.
As wonderful a day as this is, it can also be bittersweet. For fathers who have lost children, today is heartbreaking. I think it is worse yet if the child who died was their only child. Today I am thinking of two men who have lost sons in the past few months. Both have other children, but no child can replace another. For these friends of ours and so many others who have buried a child, my heart aches. If you know anyone like this, please be especially gentle with them today. They need all the prayers and support you can offer.
As we sat in mass this morning, i noticed three women in front of us. One was their mom while the other two were her daughters. Thruout the mass tears ran down their faces. Clearly, they have lost their husband and father. I prayed that together the three of them would support one another and tell wonderful stories about him.
For those of you who have lost your dad recently, I hold you close in my heart.
God Bless you all