It’s Father’s Day and I am happy just because I can celebrate it! I’ve already got my real gifts, one 23 years ago, the other 15…though I will certainly enjoy the grill tools, golf accessories, and single barrel bourbon.
But there are aspects about earthly fathers that help me comprehend and accept the idea of a God who knows us and loves us. Fathers love their children through good and bad. Fathers love all their children equally. Fathers seem too big, too strong, too
unapproachable until you know them. Fathers existed before you and know you from the very beginning. Fathers will discipline you. Fathers see a bigger perspective than their children can. A fathers role is unchanged even across tremendous distances. And, what has been the most difficult trait for me to understand, fathers love their children because they are their children. There’s no requirements or reasons, just because you are.
I realize that these traits aren’t true for every earthly father; there are people whose father wasn’t there, or maybe shouldn’t have been there, who weren’t attentive or kind. But from our fathers or coaches or teachers or TV or the Bible, from somewhere, we have a common concept of what a Father is. And that is what Our Heavenly Father is to us.
So to all, Happy Father’s Day! Remember and honor the many fathers we all have, but remember that The Father is as close and as real as the man who helped you learn to ride a bike.
Some highlight Bible passages from others hearts:
Ephesians 4:31 (Common English Bible)
Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil.
Luke 2: 42 – 49 (KJV)
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Job 29:14-17 Living Bible (TLB)
14 All I did was just and honest, for righteousness was my clothing! 15 I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. 16 I was as a father to the poor and saw to it that even strangers received a fair trial. 17 I knocked out the fangs of the godless oppressors and made them drop their victims.
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