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To Everyone Struggling on this Father's Day

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Whenever there is a celebration, my heart usually breaks for those who have a reason not to celebrate. I attended church today, and the sermon was geared towards fathers. It talked about the importance of present and involved fathers. I started having some flashbacks of my brother and I going to ride our bikes with my dad. I remember so vividly that we were not able to cross the street as we rode; we had to "walk the bike."

As I reminisced about these moments, I thought about the people who have never experienced such things. If you are one of those people, this article is for you.

I am so sorry that life did not afford you the opportunity to have a biological father present. I am sorry that you did not have a positive portrayal of a father figure. Every child deserves to have that. None of that is your fault. You were the child, not the adult. It was not your responsibility to maintain the relationship. I pray that you find comfort and solace in the Father of fathers. I pray that the Lord will comfort you.

This morning, one of my friends replied to an article I published a while back, and my heart broke for her as she lost her dad a few years ago. I know how much of a daddy's girl she was. To everyone who has lost a loving father, I pray that you find comfort as you grieve. There is no timeline for grieving. As long as you grieve, there is no right time to finish. I pray that you find comfort today.

As we navigate through the complexities and emotions of Father's Day, let us remember that every journey is unique and valid. Whether you are celebrating the presence of a wonderful father, mourning the loss of one, or grappling with the absence of a father figure, your feelings are important and worthy of acknowledgment. May you find peace and solace in knowing that you are not alone in your struggles. Lean on your faith, cherish the memories you hold dear, and allow yourself to grieve and heal at your own pace. Remember, the love and comfort of our heavenly Father are always with you, providing strength and hope for the days to come.

We know that many men often suffer silently. This upcoming Tuesday, June 18, 2024, we will be hosting our Sip and Chat, 'Critical Components to Safeguard Men's Mental Health.' Join us to explore essential elements for protecting and nurturing men's mental well-being. This session will delve into unique psychological challenges, debunk common myths, and provide actionable strategies for prevention and support. RSVP to join us.

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