My friend, may I ask you a question? Ought we to thank God for Dad's who are willing to do the carrying, the enduring, even when the ones they carry don't appreciate the journey? Does God want us to be thankful for Dad's who never stop loving, no matter how long it takes?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
A little boy was once asked for his definition of Father's Day: "It's just like Mother's Day except you don't spend as much on a present." We smile and nod our heads, especially if we're fathers. "Hey, there's nothing wrong with a tie or can of Simonize!" Moms are the dearest things in this life and, as a Husband and a Son, I can't imagine anyone more dear than my wife or Mother. I guess it makes sense about the gift thing anyway. But, when was the last time that you gave some thought to the value of your Dad; not in terms of gift value, but life value. Somewhere I once heard that Mother's give life and Father's make sure that you keep it long enough to appreciate it. When I think of all the long nights that my Dad kept vigil over a daughter or son who had promised to be home on time but missed the mark; that statement really hits home. When it comes to rearing children Mother's scurry and Dad's worry. The roles are often different and how easy it is to overlook one or the other. The fact is that God wants us to not only love our parents as a team, but He really expects us to love a Mother and a Father individually as well for the different but equal roles they bring to our lives.
How DOES God want you and I to see our fathers? Perhaps this letter from an unknown author best expresses God's will for us as we remember our fathers.
"My child, I just had to write to tell you how much I love you and care for you. Yesterday, I saw you walking and laugh- ing with your friends; I hoped that soon you'd want me to walk along with you, too. I waited, but you never called. I just kept on loving you. As I watched you fall asleep last night, I wanted so much to touch you. You didn't even think of me; I wanted so much to comfort you. I love you. Oh, if you'd only listen. I really love you. I try to say it in quiet each day. My love for you is deeper than the ocean and greater than any need in your heart. If you'd only realize how I care. I'd die just for you. So please call me soon. No matter how long it takes, I'll wait because I love you. Dad" (Author unknown)
The Bible describes a father in Deuteronomy 1:31 as one who "carries his son, all the way" until a place of safety is reached. In a nutshell, that's a Father's role; to carry and complete our journeys as children growing up into adults. So often we're tempted to insist on being put down, thinking we can complete the journey better on our own. It's then when Fathers get in the way and we push against their love. But, no matter how long it takes, Dad knows best when the journey is complete. Thank God for Dad's who are willing to do the carrying even when the ones they carry don't appreciate the journey; thank God for Dad's who never stop loving, no matter how long it takes.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You are always there for us as a Father because we are Your adopted sons and daughters in Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son. You watch and we wander. You call and we block You out with the noise of living our lives. Thank You Lord for never giving up on us, even when we forget that You are sovereign over every hair on our heads, every molecule in our bodies. Forgive us Father when we forget to pick up the prayer phone when You are guaranteed to be on the other end of the line, just waiting for us to call. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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