Hello my friends
Today we celebrate Father’s Day. Some of you, like me, may find the whole thing a bit manufactured. Ad a father myself I am happy to forego the card and present. I need no extra thanks for being a dad. Each day as a father brings its own trials and rewards.
But I am passionate about the role fathers can play. You may think this odd, but I think fatherhood is about a role and not about gender or bloodline. Many women play the father’s role in a household and many friends and relations also take on the role – as spiritual and practical fathers.
One of the things we rarely think about is Jesus and his earthly father. Jesus’ ministry didn’t start till he was about 30. By that time it is likely that he had lost his father and was head of the household.
But many things about Jesus the man must have been shaped by Joseph. Jesus would have worked with his dad in the family business – seeing him interact with people. He would have learned from Joseph’s honesty and ethics. In short he would have seen what it was to be a man from his dad –especially in the way to treat women.
So if God among us was influenced by a father-figure, how much are we influenced too?
So today perhaps we can get away from the cards and the razzmatazz and simply be grateful for those who have been our father-figures. No father is perfect and for some the relationship was, and is, painful. But perhaps we can all see some way in which we have been influenced by those who fathered us.
Mark Twain said “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Go well dear friends.
God of truth, help us to keep your laws of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.
Please pray for: Hazel and Terry, Valerie Waterman, Tyrone and Pat, Christine Lawton and Lukey and family as they prepare to move.
Pray for our new prayer ministry and Dotun and Penny who are leading it.
Pray for our church and community. Pray that new folk will attend and make a spiritual home here.