Father’s Day: Healing and Celebrating

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by on June 21, 2009

Father and Daughter Wedding Father’s Day is challenging for me. Although I can acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful father that my husband is to our children, I carry a sense of loss of my own father.

Losing a parent is one of the hardest things a person encounters in life. Like all loss, the grief can be overwhelming, intolerable, and unending. Time does not heal wounds, but rather, it allows it to become bearable. It has been almost exactly 6 years, but a day does not go by that I don’t think about my dad and how I wish he were here, especially when I see my boys laughing, playing, or just learning about life. I know he would cherish every moment with them.

However, I find healing in my faith. I know that my Dad will meet his grandsons some day in Heaven and they will be able to share in the love, laughter, and hugs that are missing now. For those of you that know the loss of a parent, and are hurting on days like today, I pray that God will wrap His arms around you, as well as me, to feel peace so we can celebrate all the other wonderful Dads in our lives. And for those that still have their dads, make sure you give them an extra big hug today.

Although I have lost my father, I am very lucky to have married my best friend and most wonderful father for our children. He is dedicated, devoted, loving, and everything that I could ask for in a husband and a father.

Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad and Hubby around!
Remembering when you became a Dad for the 1st and 2nd time…

 Proud Father with Son First Moments with son

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  • http://www.thriftylivingmom.com Thrifty Living Mom

    Thank you for this Melissa! I’m sitting here in tears because I can relate to what you wrote. My dad died 24 years ago just months before my wedding. It was a sudden massive heart attack that came out of no where. He never got to meet any of my children. I always wondered what he would have thought of them. Your post was heartwarming, thanks for sharing.

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  • Angie

    Thank you for reminding me that I’m not alone. I lost my dad on my 18th birthday (18 years ago) and I still miss and love him very much. You are very thoughtful and caring for sharing this with me. Take care and God bless you

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    Thank you, Ladies. I am so sorry that you know this pain and yet, I’m glad you shared with me. Sometimes it helps to know that you aren’t alone and that others understand what you have and are going through. That is one of the reasons I wanted to write the post.
    In His Arms <><

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