The Father – The Son – The Holy Spirit
In Christian teachings the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the Divine Creator. I realize that there are many other spiritual teachings on this planet that look at the Creator with a non-gender attachment. I am very empathetic to these beliefs as well. We are all in this world to bring forth love and light; just because I was raised as a Christian doesn’t mean I have the right to judge other religious ideologies. Through the eyes of the Creator our life path and religious beliefs are subject to the family we were born into. There is no right or wrong with any spiritual teaching that has unconditional love and forgiveness at it’s foundation. We have been born into this life for our soul’s growth. We are here to be of service to one another no matter what beliefs we call our own.
Today we celebrate a day for Dads. These men come in many shapes, forms, and sizes; there are no two alike. You may have grown up in a home where your father ran the show alongside your mother. Or you may have grown up in a home where you fell asleep at night not knowing what kind of commotion you might wake up to when your Dad returned from the bar. Your Dad may have been a very sad reflection of what it means to be a good father figure. I do however hope that somewhere along the line, a decent man has left a healthy mark on your spirit. Maybe it was an uncle, neighbor, grandfather, coach, or teacher. Having a good male influence in our lives helps to create a well balanced individual.
I was fortunate to have a father that nurtured me through every stage of my life right up to his physical death which was a little over two years ago. My dad Peter was a man of few words. He was a soft-spoken person that taught me patience, acceptance, tolerance, faith and a love for my family. Since his passing I have taken more time to really evaluate the gifts he left behind for me. The greatest of his teachings were found in his silence.
Many times throughout my life I would turn to my dad for insight or suggestions on how to handle situations. I then would sit there and wait – patiently – for his guidance. But he was never quick with an answer. This quality also rings through loud and clear with our heavenly Maker. There is a solution to every earthly problem but our Creator sits quietly and calmly waiting for us to figure it out. Its with our own discernment and listening through the silence to our soul’s voice that an answer will rise up. The answer to all of our problems lies within us. We do not need to look elsewhere. We have a heavenly compass that is always pointing up, ready to deliver a resolution. Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
What your children need…
To be a great father it all starts with the foundation of unconditional love and forgiveness. We, your children, at times will need your undivided attention in crisis situations. However, you are not expected to resolve the issues; what we really need is for you to be a sounding board. We love it when you just sit quietly and really listen to us because we know that our solution is hidden somewhere within your stillness. We may not appreciate all that you do for us immediately, but the day will come when the reality of your physical absence has us looking back on our memories of you with much gratitude, because we now recognize the parental gifts you bestowed on us.
I had just knelt down in church after receiving communion a while back when it hit me, your cologne. There was no one in front of me to explain the sudden familiar scent. The only thing on my mind at that moment was a longing for a Divine sign from you, and there it was, that signature fragrance! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks for our time here on Earth. I love how you have stayed connected to me since your passing, and I’m grateful I’ve learned to problem solve while listening to the silence. Dad, you taught me many lessons during our time here together, you were a perfect role model that lived a life of service for God and mankind. I can only keep striving to become more like you. Thank-you for the life you shared with me.
Ask, Listen and be Watchful,