We celebrate Father’s Day this coming Sunday. Father’s Day doesn’t typically get the same amount of “press” as Mother’s Day does—and most Fathers I know are O.K. with that. And it’s a tough holiday because there is that awkward “what do we get for dad?” thing. Maybe a fishing lure that lights up or a 36-in-one tool.
Let me suggest an alternative for all of us Dads—I suggest you write a letter to your children—each child individually. In this letter, tell that child what it is about them that you love the most, why you are so proud of them, etc.
I am not doubting that most (all) of us say these things out loud regularly. Just thinking that a hand-written letter from you would be such a treasure for your child (children). Whether they are 4 or 40, this letter could mean so much—something I bet they will keep forever.
So dads, would you consider this year giving something special to your children? Write that letter and give it to them this Sunday. Because the truth is, they are probably the best gift you’ve ever had, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to acknowledge that.
And if you DO get an electric fishing lure, be sure to receive it as if it was the best gift you’ve ever gotten.
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.