As we look back to Father's day just a few weeks ago, we remember a time of celebration and love for many people. However, several of the men an women we serve struggle with family relationships. We often learn that men and women in our programs did not have a healthy relationship with their father. This can be a hindrance in becoming a great father (or mother) to their children. The good news is that the Haven can point them to the Heavenly Father who will never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5). He can redeem their parenthood even if it has not been great in the past due to sinfulness. He can restore relationships with our clients and their own parents. Haven staff and volunteers are positive role models and often help give a clearer picture of a loving father or mother to people who may have never experienced that.
I encourage you to keep this in mind and be encouraged to take time to cultivate family relationships in your life. My parents were divorced and life was not easy sometimes because of that. I am thankful my father and I made peace and cultivated a wonderful relationship years ago. My Dad went to be with the Lord last December and I am thankful for the wonderful memories that God gave us together in our latter years. May God bless you and your family this Summer, and may you find His grace to be abundant in your relationships.
Saved to Serve,