by Tina Yeager @TYeagerWrites
“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Ephesians 2:17-18, NIV
I wonder how my father will spend his Father’s Day this year. My thoughts reach out toward him from a distance in these strange and uncertain times. I try to picture a peaceful celebration of the holiday for him.
My dad might settle into his recliner and rest for Father’s Day. He may tell stories of yesteryear to those visiting him. His once-ruddy hair could glow with a hint of its old hue in the afternoon rays. Perhaps he’ll enjoy his favorite ice cream atop a slice of preacher’s chocolate cake, like the dessert I used to bake for him. I won’t see him in person this year, so I’ll have to settle for memories and imagination from these many states away.
My imagination has taken me to negative thoughts for dad at times, though. I’ve worried for my father these past months. He questions the rules, drives a bit aggressively on his volunteer missions, and seems to forget things more often. I remind him to wear protective gear even if he doesn’t understand the risk. I encourage him to stay home. But mentioning concern over his forgetfulness seems less than helpful.
When I call, I’ll avoid sharing my fears over age and miles. Instead, I will listen to his repeated stories. Perhaps he’ll tell one of his tales I heard so often as a child. My brother and I groaned at these embellished memories and warned one another when we foresaw an incoming “WYWYA” (When I was your age)…”
But one charming tale brings me a smile today. He claimed his trips to school forced him to walk through six feet of snow uphill (both ways, as the story goes). However ridiculous, the story highlights the value of perseverance toward what matters most. Despite the challenges of distance and age.
The verse above reminds me how God overcame the greatest distance for us across all time and space. Jesus poured out His own blood in undeterrable veins which crossed all ages, seasons, and regions of our existence to unite us in His heart.
His Spirit traversed a more forbidding distance than steep snow-covered hills when he came to dwell within me. Yet he saw my heart as an important place to bring learning and new life through the heart-calming gospel of his love.
Such an all-powerful Lord draws us together and covers us in peace. Rather than fretting over my dad, I can consider him well connected and closer than I imagined. For my sovereign Father draws us close to Himself. And we can share no sweeter moment to celebrate on this Father’s Day, with or without a dollop of ice cream.
About the author: Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina Yeager encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International.
Tina’s book, Beautiful Warrior, empowers you to break free from the insecurity that has you trapped. Pick up your shield―the Word of God, your identity in Christ, and healthy thought patterns―and become the divine heroine you were destined to be.
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