June 21

Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day

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Amidst the deluge: Abundant love on Father’s Day

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices calling him father!” ~Lydia M. Child

It has been raining on and off for the last two weeks in New York; even today as I write, the rains have not stopped. It is the hundredth anniversary of Father’s Day and I would like to wish every dad a blessed day.

It is through the lens of the relentless rains that I see Father’s Day because the 100th anniversary celebrates the determination, sweat, tears and cleansing rains of memories, sad and sweet, that fathers bring to their myriad family trees… Memories of many feelings shared.

Father and Babies by Ann Geddes
Father and Babies by Ann Geddes

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence Budington Kelland

Rain is a powerful element of nature and in traditional societies, they foretell fortunes that will come from a well-planted harvest. Rain cleanses the earth of dust, dirt and other muckety-muck so new things can flourish; can thrive. Rain feeds the forests, rivers, oceans, lakes so life can continue there and we benefit by seeing our water tables rise here.

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” ~Johann Schiller

It is said that when a great soul passes away, the rain gods shed a tear by pouring down rain on those left to carry on the day. It is this and the memory of childhood days playing outside in the rain or sitting under the obi -meeting space- listening to the pitter patter sounds of the rain as uncles, fathers, and grandpas told ancient tales that resonates.

President Obama’s Message on Father’s Day (3 min)

♥I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin.
♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence.
♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul.
♥I send loving shout-outs to Dike, Ikem, Richard I and Princewill, my brothers and loving fathers too.
♥I send kudos to Uncle Tony, Chuks, Barack Obama and all the strong, striving dads out there in the world.

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” ~Anon

While we honor the many today, the role of father is an everyday affair; some exceed the norm, others do the best they can… It is imperative to keep at it; our children don’t stay young forever and their memories are quite long.
What have you done to show fatherly love today?

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank


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  • What a great post – Father’s Day is so important to honor those that are great Dads! 🙂

  • What a wonderful tribute to all the dads on Father’s Day. Love that you compared the rain to all the sweat and tears our fathers do to us.

  • Such great quotes about being a father. I need to appreciate the father’s in my life this coming Sunday.

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