On Father's Day, 2014, my one and only son said to me, "Thank you for being my father." Those words meant a lot to me. They also reminded me, though, of so many sons and daughters who don't have fathers at home. The fathers are missing for various reasons. It may be due to the military stationing a dad in some remote part of the world. Maybe it is a dad in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their wife and children. Sadly, there are some who ARE at home but are neglecting their fatherly responsibilities. Then think of all of the orphans across the world that no longer have their father and mother. They have no one to call their father.
On a more personal note, I certainly was not the best father in the world when my son was growing up in the home. Probably a lot of dads think and say that. I made a lot of mistakes and at times, was a very poor example. However, to hear my son say those six words, "Thank you for being my father," told me that he was not looking at my past mistakes. He was just thankful to have someone to call his father.
My earthly father has passed into the arms of his heavenly father. The Bible teaches that all those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ can call God their Father, in a spiritual sense of the word. Indeed, those who do this are adopted into the spiritual family of God for all of eternity. Romans 8;15 tells us that we can cry out to God as our "Abba Father." This word means "daddy." For those of you who have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and do not have a father at home, for whatever reason, you can think of God as your daddy.
My Heavenly Father, God of the universe, sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world to die on a cross and rise from the dead in order to redeem my sinful human nature. For that I want to say to God, "Thank you for being my father," and I can approach his throne in heaven like he is my daddy. He doesn't focus on my past mistakes. I hope you also can say that about God.