Today has been designated as “Father’s Day” in this country. It was originally suggested by Sonora Dodd in 1910 after hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day and her desire to honor her father who fought in the Civil War. A wonderful and very appropriate idea. When we observe the emphasis in the media it usually turns into mostly a time for commercialization and “giving stuff”. Have we possibly lost the emphasis on giving honor to whom honor is due in the person of our dad and what he represents and what he has done for us? Do we give appropriate respect to the person, sometimes because of what they do and sometimes in spite of what they do? I recognize that some dads are not present by choice, some have passed on, but use this day in particular and every day to show genuine love and appreciation to our earthly dad and their influence in our life. Dads, let us show our children an earthly model of what genuine love looks like (1 Cor. 13:4-8) and how that is a characteristic of the heavenly Father.
While we reflect on this, our minds should obviously go to the honor and love and respect due our Heavenly Father! Here is a case of ALWAYS being present, ALWAYS being loving and compassionate, ALWAYS providing what is needed, ALWAYS being kind and merciful while also being ready to discipline out of genuine love. We are promised in Heb. 13:5 “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” What a beautiful promise that He will ALWAYS be here for us! Any yet, how often do we take the time to give the honor and thanksgiving due Him? How often do we get bogged down in the cares of each day and keep asking for relief, for providing, for comfort, and for healing but let it pass without giving true thanks for all He does for us. Phil 4:6-7 reminds us “6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Look what accompanies the prayers: thanksgiving. Look what is the icing on that cake: peace! In talking with so many who are troubled the most common thing I hear a desire for is “peace”.
We come together to collectively worship and offer our praise to God, our Father. We do this 3 times each week. Good! But does that praise and worship continue in “prayer and petition, with thanksgiving” on a daily basis? Can’t we designate EVERY day Father’s Day, the opportunity to show our sincere appreciation to God, THE Father, Who not only created us but will bring us home to be with Him one day?