The presence of a father is so important in one's life. Is it possible to have a good life without a father? Yes. Is it possible to be successful without a father figure present? Yes. However, a father does make these things more easily attainable. For me, having my father present meant developing a sense of identity and belonging. I also knew a feeling of security and stability. I understood that no matter what happened to me out in the world I could always come back to my father's house.
Thinking about this reminds me of how the same is true with Christ. Understanding who Christ is, and what He did for me on the cross means that I am clear on my identity. I am not confused about who I am or where I belong. I have a father in heaven that loves me so much He sent his own Son to die for me on the cross. Jesus died on the cross, rose from the grave and ascended to heaven to be with the Father. He is preparing a place for me. When all is said and done on this earth I have a place at my Father's house.
This brings me to the present day. Last year we welcomed our son Eilan into this world. He is the answer to many fervent prayers. He is our precious gift and we treasure every day that we get to spend with him.
My relationship with my earthly father has not been perfect by any stretch of the imagination but, this year as I raise my son, I have come to a more clear understanding of the sacrifice it takes to be a parent. I am so flawed, and sometimes I fear that my son will see me for the inadequate creature I really am. But then, I am reminded by the Lord that it's okay for him to see that. What he should also see is a limited mommy clinging to the feet of an unlimited Father. This authenticity is what will bring him into a relationship with Jesus Christ when the time comes.
My father recently accepted Christ as his Lord and personal savior and I was overjoyed to hear that! Since then, our relationship has begun the healing process. We are in two different places right now, but the relationship is the best it has ever been, and I look forward to the promise of growth the future holds. Jesus was the link to restore what was otherwise deficient in his life and in our relationship. Jesus will be the antidote to my shortcomings as a mother. Jesus will be the reason my son will feel loved, affirmed, and a sense of belonging.
As I edited these family photos I thought about how awesome it will be when Eilan is able to look back at them. Our purpose for documenting his life is so that he can gain resolve in his identity. When the storms of life hit him, he will know who he is, to whom he belongs, and that he can always come back home, to his father's house.
Enjoy the pics from our shoot.
Thanks so much for stopping by my site today. I pray that whatever your current situation is with your father (whether he is present or not) that you will be encouraged in the love of our Heavenly Father. My Heavenly Father was always present even in places where my earthly father was not. I took comfort in that, and I pray you do as well.