The blessing of a father figure in your life can mean so many things. For those of us who are and have been lucky enough to have a strong father figure or a positive role model in our lives, then Father’s Day is a day for joy and laughter, for celebration and reflection.
In my own case, my father has been gone for many years now. But the memories we share as well as the love that he shared with his family, along with his ideals, are always there to carry with us through life. So even when your father is no longer physically there, in spirit he is always a part of your life.
Togetherness is defined as a happy feeling of affection and closeness to other people, especially your friends and family. It’s a warm fellowship among members of a family and includes the quality and state of, or condition of, being together. With spiritual love that can widen the circle of fellowship in your life, we can know that with strong role models as our guide, we are blessed. Why? Because we have the ability to open our hearts to the Spirit within, and to embrace others in a circle of love and respect, of honor and care.
Laughter is one of the best gifts that we can bring to others. It has a healing balm. My family, often described as “Black Irish,” nonetheless is one where there is much laughter and fellowship within the confines of the circle. And that has always been a spiritual balm that helps to heal many inner wounds we may suffer in our lives.
The Bible encourages laughter often. Jesus would surround himself with those who were ‘salts of the earth’ types where laughter is abundant. And in the Old Testament, Sarah says, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”- Genesis 21:6
So in the ways of family and friendship, and for the ties that bind us together, we should seek joy and laughter in our friendships and in our own lives as well.
Bible Verse: I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness-Proverbs 4:11
Mantra: This week, I will reflect upon the many blessings that are bestowed by my Father in Heaven, and for those that were passed on from my spiritual father on Earth. Along with those role models who have served as Father figures in my life, I will honor the living and those who have died. And in seeking bonds of togetherness, with friends and family, I’ll bring the ideals that my own father would want me to bring to the table as I serve others. And one of the main things I will seek out for myself is to bring joy and laughter to the table when I am together with friends and family.