As a man entered into the emergency room after suffering a heart attack, he asked the nurse to please call his daughter. He explained, “You see, I live alone and she is the only family I have.” The nurse called the daughter who quickly became very upset and cried, “You must not let him die! I must see him! Dad and I had a terrible argument almost a year ago. I haven’t seen him since. All these months I’ve wanted to go to him for forgiveness. The last thing I said to him was ‘I hate you.” The daughter cried and begged the nurse to keep him alive until she arrived. The father soon went into cardiac arrest, and code 99 was alerted. The nurse prayed, “O God, his daughter is coming. Don’t let it end this way.” The efforts of the medical team to revive the father were fruitless. The father died. The nurse watched as the doctor talked to the arriving daughter. She could see the pain and hurt in her face. The nurse went to the daughter to express her sorrow and sympathy. The daughter responded, “I never really hated him. I loved him.” The nurse took her to see the body of the father. The daughter went to his bedside and buried her face in the sheets as she said good-bye. As she started to leave, she noticed a piece of paper on the table beside the bed with her name on it. She picked it up and read, “My dearest Janie, I love you. I forgive you, I pray you will also forgive me. I know you love me. I love you too. Daddy.”
A father’s love looks beyond the faults, and he loves his children unconditionally. He does not love his children because they do good or bad, but he simply loves them because they are his children. This is the unconditional love of a father. There will also be times that you will not understand the love of your Heavenly Father. Maybe you have become bitter or walked away from Him. If you will look in your Bible, you will see that He has left you a letter of forgiveness. He writes to you, and He is faithful and just to forgive you with an unconditional love (1 John 1:9). There is not one thing you can do to make God love you more, and there is not one thing you can do to make Him love you less. He loves you because you are His child. Your Heavenly Father knows your needs at all times, His ears are always listening, and His arms are always open to receive you. On this Father’s Day tell Him, “Father, I love you.” He will respond, “I love you too.” – Happy Father’s Day!