A GOOD WORD

Start: Mon, June 21 | 9:30am

Reflecting on Father’s Day
By Walt Kuehne

 

This coming Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge all the men in our lives at different phases and stages of fatherhood:

 

  • Ones Who Are Fathers: those who are actively in the game each and every day with children of their own.
  • Ones Who are Fulfilling a Fatherly Role: those who have stepped in to take care of and assume a fatherly role for children who are not their own (stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, foster dads, or unrelated yet involved men in a mentoring relationship).
  • Ones Who are Grieving: those who are grieving the loss of a father, working through a strained relationship with a father, or navigating a life lived with an absentee father.
  • Ones Who Long to be Fathers: those who are waiting patiently for God to make this a reality.

 

My father went to be with the Lord several years ago. Because my mom didn’t have to work and was more involved than he in my school work and various activities, it was easy for me, as a kid, to take for granted his involvement in our family. As I grew older, I came to recognize and appreciate more and more that his faith, love for my mom, steady temperament, encouragement, and provision were providing the leadership and foundation for our family.

 

We can celebrate and encourage the fatherly men in our lives in many ways, and you are probably better at this than I am. If nothing else, let’s remember to pray for them and offer words of appreciation and encouragement—and we should get the kids involved if possible (Exodus 20:12).

 

And let us look vertically to our Father in Heaven who continues to provide for us both now and for eternity through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord (Galatians 4:4-7).