What does Easter and Father’s Day share in common in my mind?

I decided about 15 years ago that I don’t really need a Father’s Day to celebrate my Fatherhood. I distinctly remember the discussion with my son Michael: ” Mike, I want you to know that EVERY day is Father’s day to me. It’s a 365 day celebration in my mind, in my heart.” Fatherhood does things to you. You appreciate so much more than you did prior to your first day of Fatherhood. And along with the celebrations come the realizations of what comes with it; constant love, commitment, responsibilities, life lessons, teaching, forgiveness … the list goes on. And these are daily connections to Fatherhood; they’re not separable. They’re tightly intertwined. Like a luggage set, except we travel around with them ALL. We cannot decide “I’ll go along in life with the little travel bag from now on.” It’s the whole kit and caboodle. And yet knowing that , we take it all on with GREAT joy ! There is NOTHING like Fatherhood. It’s something I celebrate daily, including one day every year in the month of June. I would never imagine living things differently having become a Father.

But it was only yesterday I realized I don’t really need Easter to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. I realized that EVERY day I celebrate the Resurrection. It’s a 365 day celebration in my heart. Fervent Faith and Prayer does things to us. We Believe in Jesus, we Believe Jesus. And with that belief comes the realizations of what comes with it: constant love, commitment, sharing, servitude, constant learnings, forgiveness…. and the list goes on. And like Fatherhood, they are inseparable. For sure, our imperfections sometimes reveal the worst in us; we wish, we pray that we could walk exactly as Jesus did but we’re only human. Thankfully, His lovingkindness is everlasting AND our sin debt has already been paid in full. Our Father loves us as no other parent can love his child. And He will never leave us nor forsake us; He has never left the side of a broken person. And all this made me realize that I’ve been celebrating the Resurrection EVERY day since attending a Sunrise Service on an April Easter Morning in 2012. I am filled with near complete peace and joy with every Lenten Season that passes and every Easter Sunday. And I celebrate EVERY day as an Easter / Resurrection Day because I wouldn’t have the today I have without all that Jesus did for us almost 2 thousand years ago. And Jesus did this so that this kind of peace, joy and daily commitment would be available to all of us. We only need to believe in Him. We only need to Believe Him. HAPPY EASTER / RESURRECTION DAY ! THE LORD HAS RISEN

” One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Romans 14:5 (ESV)

HALLELUJAH, Our Almighty Living Heavenly Gracious God, HALLELUJAH! Thank you for the promise to never leave us nor forsake us as evidenced by your son Jesus’ life and death and all He does for us still.  Because of Him we have been provided an array of  currencies; loving, sharing, forgiveness, supporting, teaching, servitude, all which, when spent here through our faith, glorify your name and make us spiritually wealthier by it. A wealth far beyond our own means would allow. Only by your Grace and the forgiveness of all sins through the sacrifice of your Son can we the undeserving look forward to a full life here on earth and an everlasting life with you in heaven. Hallelujah ! Halleluja

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