Father. That name holds great power and emotion, especially regarding the man who is our biological father. The definition deepens as we expand it to include father figures—men who nurture, protect, and guide us in the manner of a father. Other rich meanings include our ancestors or forefathers, originators or inventors such as the father of the telephone, and leaders by position or age such as city fathers. I am blessed to have fathers of all these types.
For me, all these definitions and examples of fatherhood point to my Heavenly Father. He is the epitome of wisdom, mercy, sacrifice, and selfless love. He watches over us, protects us, and stands ready to listen, comfort, and encircle us in his loving arms.
There is a feast of fatherly love offered in June’s newsletter. Pat recreates the tender story and video of her son’s brush with death, Kaloni shares her dad’s legend and legacy, Michelle celebrates extraordinary fathers using a love note, and Norma views them through her husband’s example. In addition, Shelli’s stories direct us to value men for their gentle contributions in our families, and Ann introduces us to Julie, a new cottage leader who is changing hats in her service with Big Ocean Women.