Dear Overshadowed Dad,
First off let me just say, I am so sorry that your holiday holds nothing in comparison to Mother's Day. I think we can all agree that the 2 aren't even in the same atmosphere, and well that just sucks! I am sorry that because some fathers have royally screwed up at even slightly resembling a dad, your holiday has to be tip toed around like a field full of land mines.
However, as a Kid's Pastor, I do see so many dads not engaged, living selfishly and squandering the fact that they get to have the title dad, like it is no big deal and the decisions they make effects no one. And I witness the many left behind to clean up the damage of their incredibly self-centered living.
But I also want to say, I see YOU!
I see you week end and week out carrying your kids into church, holding your wife's hand and building community with those around you. I see you serving in the preschool classrooms and watch your kid's faces light up when they get to tell all the other kids that their dad is the teacher today! I see you investing in other people's kids, because you know not all dads are engaged or even present in the lives of so many children.
I see you making sacrifices for your family and skipping promotions at work because the extra money is not worth the time you would be away from your family. I see you taking your wife out on dates, because it is important you illustrate to your son how to treat and respect women and to your daughter how women should be treated.
I see your fingernails painted, because the day before you had the most epic tea party ever with the cutest 5 year old little girl and forgot to take the nail posh off (or better yet, just didn't care). I have watched you pray with your kids, tell them about Jesus, baptize them, serve in their classrooms, coach their teams, attend their programs, transport them all over town and beam with pride at the fact that you get to be DAD!
So please don't feel like this day is not a big deal or that we are so sensitive we don't celebrate the fact that you are killing it! Because despite the fact that there are some truly terrible dads out there, you are not one of them and we thank you for that!
- Jenny Jones
P.S. Here's to 2 men in my life that you would be in good company with: