Today, for me I can't help but think about so many people who are grieving due to the lost of their father figure either recently or over the past few years or even decades. The sad part is, not all of these fathers are gone through death. Some are absent and have chosen to abandon their children and some are even in prison due to a crime they commited or have been falsely accused. I see you, I feel you, and I'm praying for you.
Did you know that most people equate God to their actual earthly father, unintentionally? For example, if you had an earthly father that abandoned you or rejected you, you may think in your conscious or subconscious that God will do the same thing. You may have a father that was in your life and/or home but they barely made time for you. We may think deep down in our subconscious, "Does God really care about what I think or feel".
According to the American Pregnancy Association, 70-80% of all new mothers experience what’s called the “baby blues”, while only 10% – 20% suffer from postpartum depression. With so many women experiencing some form of emotional upheaval after giving birth, why is there still so much confusion about the two?
Fatherhood is more than providing food, shelter and enforcing discipline. Fatherhood is the consistent presence of strength, wisdom and love in your child’s life. Many dads struggle to be more involved in their child’s life, confused by old ideas of gender roles that conflict with their desire to connect and bond with their children. And let's face it, being a father or a mother does not come with a manual after the child is born.