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A Brief Reflection on Fathers

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)

While searching for a hymn about God our Father, this more contemporary song from Don Moen popped up. Our Father is based on the Lord's Prayer. As children of God, we have the privilege of calling him "Father."

Then this song showed up in my feed on Father's Day. While not overtly religious or spiritual, it talks about a father having problems getting close or showing emotion to his children. Daddy Cut My Hair, by Michael Kelly Blanchard, performed for the Gaither Music TV, follows the relationship between a son and his father. Watch the teary-eyed people in their audience. It also talks about the power of forgiveness in real life.

My own father became a hugger and a sayer of "I love you" later in life. I'm not sure what changed, but it came as a welcome surprise. I don't remember much about my childhood years and expressions of affection and emotions; I'm sure it was there, but perhaps not demonstrated as much as I would have liked. I know we were loved and that our parents were proud of us.

Perhaps now is a good time to reach out and give a hug and say I love you - particularly to a father who just may say "I love you" back.


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