As people today participate in activities to honor their father, I begin to think about my Father God in Heaven. Lately, I have been working on finding the line between a relationship with my Father and a religion. When I think about it, a conversation about my faith is much easily started with let me tell you about my Father, and not let me show you a list of things that I can and cannot do. So, let me introduce you to my glorious Father! I have known who He is for as long as I can remember. But, I can honestly say that I did not truly begin knowing Him until about three years ago. Knowing who someone is makes it distant, but knowing someone makes it personal and makes it a relationship worth holding onto. In my relationship I talk to Him just like any other friend or family member. I may do this in the form of a journal or through words while on my knees, but I like to believe that either way He can hear me. I talk to Him about my day, what I liked and what I disliked. I talk about my wishes and my dreams. I even confess what I did wrong and ask for forgiveness, even though I know I have already been forgiven through the blood of His son. In this relationship, I write letters. I enjoy letters both writing them and receiving them. I write Him letters in a journal. I may not receive actual hand written letters addressed to “Kyra Lukens” but sometimes when I am walking alone I notice things like single beautiful flowers and to me that is God’s way of writing me back.
He comforts me when I am scared. I have been through some things this past year and I would not have been able to do it without Him. I can go and look at the stars and I feel like I am being hugged and I know some who feel that when they fall asleep talking to Him. He knows when I need to smile and somehow He makes it so something steps into my path and makes me smile on a bad day. Just like any relationship, there can sometimes be trust issues or a feeling of absence. I need to trust that He has a plan for me that is far better than I could ever imagine. It will not be easy but at the end of the day somehow I know that He has got this and I do not need to worry about it. That is the other thing that is cool about my relationship. I do not have to worry about anything. I am going to be a senior in high school and sometimes the thought of the future starts to close in on me. But I do not need to let that happen. I can easily say “God take this, take it away from me because I do not want it anymore!” That is when the seemingly impossible happens. I feel at peace, yes it is true. I feel completely 100% at peace. He is like a super hero, but a bigger and better super hero, more than I could ever hope for or imagine. Now, some automatically think about the list of do’s and don’t’s when asked about what religion is. But with my relationship I see them as things God does and does not like. I mean we all have those things that make us sad or angry and God does too. Here is the thing, I mess up, I have messed up and the sorry truth is that I will mess up in the future. But this leads into my last point for today. God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross, and because of that it does not matter how many times I screw up, He still loves me and has forgiven me. Through this relationship I have begun to learn what unconditional love is. I myself am trying unconditional love with not only Him but the many many people around me. So all I have to say now is Happy Fathers day to the many many parents out there who deserve it. And, a BIG Happy Fathers Day to my DADDY God in Heaven, my most important relationship of them all.