Q: I know I wasn't a very good father, but I'm an old man now and I really wish I could see my children again. I've begged them to forgive me, but they just ignore me. I don't know why I'm writing, but maybe you can urge fathers to do better than I did. -- B.W.
A: Tomorrow, Americans will be celebrating Father's Day, a special day set aside to honor our fathers and thank God for all they have meant to us. Being a good father isn't easy, but almost nothing is more important, when we see it from God's viewpoint.
What can you do? First, seek God's forgiveness for the past -- not just for the wrongs you did, but also for the good things you failed to do. God loves you (as well as your children), and the greatest discovery you'll ever make is that He loves you so much He sent His Son into the world to die for you. By a simple prayer of faith confess your sins to God and ask Christ to cleanse you and come into your life.
Then do whatever you can this Father's Day to let your children know you still love them, in spite of your failures. Pray for them also, that God will bring healing to their hurts and help them forgive the past.
(Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: http://www.billygraham.org.)