Dadda

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Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”

Dadda….that’s one of the first words that a baby says when they’re still toddlers.  It’s easier to pronounce the consonant “d” than the consonant “m”.  Kinda frustrating for all of us devoted mothers.  But there are still devoted fathers out there.  Not in the majority; but they are still there.

Well, these thoughts go for those devoted fathers who are awesome enough to not just think about themselves; but to live to see their offspring thrive and become honest citizens of this society.  We need more fathers like them.  Fathers who will dare to take a challenge of being real men by assuming their responsibilities.

It is often believed that a boy becomes a man when he lays with a woman.  But that is not true.  A boy becomes a man when he is unselfish enough to make a difference in the lives of those who surround him; starting with his family and then to his other acquaintances.  A real man is not just smart; a real man seeks wisdom.

Proverbs 1:7  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despite wisdom and discipline.”

A real man is a good servant of God; he loves God with all his heart, mind and soul. A real man is a good son; respecting his parents and honoring them.  A real man is a good husband; considerate, faithful and kind to his wife.  A real man is a good father; by being a good example, a counselor, a guide and a provider.

There is no perfect man in this world; the same way as there is no perfect woman.  Both will make many mistakes until they reach a certain level of maturity and wisdom.  But the effort of reaching that goal has to be seen and it’s not worthless.

I always like that saying that says: “a man is tall when he falls on his knees”.  It’s a beautiful thought.  Humbleness makes a person great.

But why did I mention Psalm 27:10 as the beginning verse?  Well, it is law of life that our parents should leave this earth before us.  Unfortunately, it’s not always like that; but that’s another sad story.  But this thought is for all of us who have lost a parent because of that law of life.

While your dad is still alive; tell him that you love him, hug him, talk with him, give him a call, take him to his favorite restaurant, take him a movie.  If your dad is sick, make sure he has everything he needs to make his illness a less painful experience.  If your dad hasn’t been the best dad: forgive, forget, ask for forgiveness.  Heal your heart with feelings of love, warmth, mercy and grace.

If your dad is gone (like mine); remember him, treasure the good times, share with your kids those experiences that they may enjoy to know and eventually, they will share them with the next generations.  Keep the memories alive and honor them.  Our Father in Heaven will father us in the meantime.  Enjoy your weekend.

Happy Father’s Day!

(Painting was made by my uncle Frank Cruz)  Representing my sick dad being touched by the merciful hand of Jesus.

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5 thoughts on “Dadda

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words. They came in a moment that I really needed them. I was just visiting my mother and my older sister was just telling me how much she hated that painting because she didn’t want to remember my dad that way. I was just feeling really bad about it. But I know that not everyone perceives art the same way. I honestly believe that the message in that painting is much deeper than just seeing a sick man in a wheel chair. My father saw that painting before he died; and if he hadn’t liked it, I know he would’ve told my uncle not to paint it.
    But you have seen the same message that I have seen: mercy, grace, forgiveness, the healing of the heart and the soul.
    I was feeling down, but your words uplifted me in a wonderful way. Thank you so much! God Bless You abundantly.

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  2. This is a very touching article and the painting is simply beautiful. So often we forget that in the midst of our suffering we are not alone…this picture is a beautiful reminder of the presence of our Lord Jesus in all of our circumstances especially when we need Him the most. And on that day, Jesus held out His hand – your dad took it and walked with Him into eternity. God bless you and your family, today.

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