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Your heavenly Father is always there for you

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By Annettee Budzban

"And our fellowship is with the Father."

-- 1 John 1:3 (NIV))

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This Sunday, many fathers will be celebrated.

Traditionally, Father's Day is a day that we hold our father in high regard. We take the time to show appreciation and enjoy a time of celebration.

Fathers take on many roles. There are grandfathers and stepfathers. There are foster fathers and men who mentor others who might be considered sort of a father figure.

The role of a father as parent is to guide, provide and protect their child. Fathers also pass on skills and other inherited traits. It's amazing how even the place where the hair parts or the styles fathers and sons wear can be something that's passed on, not only by example, but many times genetically.

Studies show that children separated from their dads at a young age can still exhibit many of their characteristics.

There's no getting around the fact that our fathers are an important aspect of our being.

While visiting my son this past weekend, I enjoyed watching him fish off the nearby pier. I pondered how his love for fishing seemed to be passed along through the generations, as is his love for truck driving as well.

When fathers have distanced themselves, Father's Day can be a time of feeling isolated or alone, leaving a son or daughter feeling left out of the celebration.

In this day and age, many homes are fatherless due to divorce, while for others fathers may be deceased. Mine passed away many years ago, my husband lost his a few years ago, and my children just recently lost theirs. Whatever the reason for the loss, memories of good times can be pondered.

If for some reason you're feeling lonely this Father's Day, celebrate with our heavenly Father. Remember God is our ultimate father. He's always present and willing to hear our prayers and converse with us.

He tells us, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you," Hebrews 13:5 (NIV).

Whisper a prayer and know it's been heard. Say to yourself, " I believe you love me." Then embrace the truth that your Father is powerful, mighty, good and loving. Then enjoy all the wonderful things he's done for you.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. Join her from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Panera Bread in Crystal Lake for "Dream Big! Make your dreams reality." Conference is free. Registration is preferred due to limited seating. Call (847) 543-8413 or email Annetteebudzban@aol.com

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