Sisters in Scripture
Happy Father's Day    6/14/2019
As soon as I flipped over the page of my revolving pictures, it caught my eye.  Alongside one another on my dresser were two identical poses of dads with babies, snapshots that captured two moments in time 50 years and three lifetimes apart.  On the left was my own father holding a pudgy, 2-year-old me in his left arm and my baby sister in his right.  On the right was my son-in-law holding my sweet-faced 2-year-old granddaughter in his left arm, her baby brother in his right.  Both Julia and I have our heads tilted at identical angles and smile with the engaging charm of little girls who’ve discovered where the camera is, while our too-young siblings stare disinterestedly down.  All of us are caught up in arms that wrap us securely and hold us fast.  It is the dads however, that catch my eye.  Suddenly they are equally young.  The joy evident in their holding their babies is matched by their confident gaze into a hoped-for future.

How fortunate are these grandchildren of mine to have a father so enthusiastic over their mere existence!  How fortunate was I, then and now.
Fathers’ Day is an invitation to look both backward and forward and sometimes, all around, at those men who have gathered us up in the strength of their arms, envisioned a future for us, and then, helped make it happen.  For some of us, like Julia, it is their daddy; sometimes other men step up and fill that role. 

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