To the ones who feel invisible today

We are online in droves today.

Posting cute pictures of us with our dads.

Telling the world how wonderful our dads are.

Smiling dads.  Present dads.  Godly dads.

I am here.

I keep scrolling and I see you too.

Mostly silent today.

Feeling, perhaps, invisible.

To the ones grieving dads taken too soon and too violently,

I see you.

To the ones who enjoyed their dads for many years and yet miss them terribly today—one year, five years, twenty years later,

I see you.

To the ones putting on a brave face to celebrate with dads whose minds or bodies are being stolen by terrible diseases,

I see you.

To the ones estranged—the ones who cringe at the image of God as a father,

I see you.

To the little ones who ask, “Why don’t I have a daddy?” and the mamas who fumble for words,

I see you.

To the daddies with empty arms and aching hearts because their babies are in heaven.  Or in orphanages halfway around the world.  Or both,

I see you.

To the step dads and foster dads and granddads and uncles and friends who fill the shoes of daddy but feel a little like a fraud today,

I see you (and thank you).

To the ones who feel invisible today, the ones who remain silent,

You are not alone.  You matter.

You are seen.

You are loved.

Today.

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