Some Fathers …

Sunday, June 15, 2014
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2 Corinthians 6:18 – I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (NKJV)

On Mother's Day, we had a guest preacher in our church, and partway into her message, she mentioned that not all children have good mothers, and then she added, or good fathers either. This statement came as a kind of a shock to me, although she was right, of course. Some fathers and mothers are not good people.

I had a good father, but he wasn't what I would call a "friend" to us as some parents appear to be to their children these days. My father was born in the Netherlands in 1900. He experienced the isolation of the First World War. (The Netherlands was neutral.) As a young married man, he struggled through the depression years; after that, the Second World War occupation and the related problems; and then the immigration years. The result was that his life consisted of many years of concern and worry. He did not have a lot of time for us. Maybe that was fine with him — I don't know. He was a good provider, though, and a good father, and I'm sure that he loved us, all of us, although he never told us. But then, that generation was not very liberal with praise for their children — at least that is how I see it now.

But there is also the matter of perception. Some time ago, I had the opportunity to listen to three sisters talk about their father. Two of the sisters are 15 and 16 years older than the youngest child in this family. And during a family get-together, the young daughter told us in great detail how she used to have so much fun with their dad. On Friday evenings, when their mother was working the night shift at the local hospital, they would make popcorn and play a game of some kind, and then, they would watch the midnight movie. The two older sisters were sitting there in utter amazement. They could not believe their ears. It seemed like they were talking about two different people, and they said so. Times and people change as the years go by.

Just as we may all have different memories and different perceptions of our earthly fathers, people's perceptions of our Father in heaven are also different. Some people feel that they are close to Him, while others view Him as distant and aloof. Some feel that He is a loving and comforting Father, while others wonder how He can allow some of the worldly disasters to happen to innocent people. Those who trust God implicitly need to testify to others that God is always faithful and good, listening our prayers and giving us comfort in times of need, here and now.

Psalm 103 tells us that He forgives all our iniquities; He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies; He executes righteousness; He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. As far as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy to those who love Him. The mercy of our Father in heaven is from everlasting to everlasting.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You for being a Father to Whom we can bring all our problems, a Father Who listens to our concerns and Who answers our prayers. There are many times, Lord, when we feel that You have disappointed us or have not treated us fairly, and we ask for Your forgiveness, for You are good all the time. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good words Joel.

    Wonderful devotional, thank you.

    Thanks for your great devotional.
    Your father reminded me of my grandfather. He survived the First World War though he was not unscathed. He came home gassed and shellshocked, and would never talk about his experiences on the battlefield. My grandmother said he had a great sense of humour until he went through the war. Small wonder anyone could come home from that carnage with any sense of humour left. At any rate, ever afterwards he was what the Scots would call “dour” in his demeanour – sternly serious. That is, until, as a university student, I saw him for the last time in a hospital dying of cancer. He clung to me in tears, because I think he knew he would never see me again. And to my everlasting shame, I was embarrassed by him. And I have never forgiven myself for that.
    The moral, I guess, is never be embarrassed by anyone’s love, and never be backward in expressing your own affection for those you love. God forgive me for feeling as I did towards my grandfather.

    Hello Joel.
    When a child learns to honour their father and mother, God does the rest of the working. You, my friend are still among the living, that you may honour your heavenly Father, and give thanks for your earthly father and mother. In your memory, walk in your father’s shoes, and then remember him. This will prove to be a burdensome journey, considering those hard years of the past, which many of this day have forgotten the reality of each hour of each day. Joel, I have done this, because, I remember some of those very hard times.

    Thank you Joel. Happy Father’s Day.

    Thank you for your encouraging words!

    Beautiful story, devotional & prayer.
    Praise be to FATHER, HIS SON & the HOLY SPRIT.
    AMEN & AMEN …to your prayer.
    I ask in JESUS name, that FATHER rain down blessings of health, happiness & prosperity ….all the days of your life until your last earthly blessing when you are taken by the hand and placed in your new eternal
    AMEN & AMEN,
    (Texas, USA)

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