• June 21, 2015

Andy Ott

Technical Director

Father’s Day is not unlike any other Sunday. Fathers all over the United States will wake up and go about their usual Sunday routines. Some will leisurely sit at a small table and eat a silent breakfast over a bowl of cereal with the glint of a device in their eyes. Others will wake in a fevered rush to make sure they aren’t late to church. And some will quietly sip coffee while their children run from room to room spreading PopTart crumbs with the dog in tow happily cleaning up like a hairy vacuum cleaner. Still others will awaken to an empty, silent house wishing for that chaos.

Father’s Day is not unlike any other Sunday. Children will awaken around the United States to their usual Sunday routines. For some, their waking will rouse their Dad from his too-short slumber with their cry from the crib. For others it will be waking from their too-late Saturday night adventures and cursing their father for turning on their light before noon.  Some will wake in fear of bothering the cursing behemoth passed out on the couch. Still more will awaken beneath a pile of blankets and pillows in a house without a father.

Father’s Day is not unlike any other Sunday…

Except on this particular Sunday, children all over the United States are to give honor to the man who gave them life. As in all things, some of these men are worthy of our honor. Some of these men have sacrificed everything – worked the long hours, conquered the sleepless nights, worn their hands to the bone – all to provide for their families. Some of these men have not. Some of these men have instilled courage and grace and patience and peace in their children. Some of these men have not. Some of these men have stopped their boyish behavior to become real men. Some of these men have not.

Father’s Day is not unlike any other Sunday….

Except on this particular Sunday, those who are due honor and those who are not are all celebrated for giving the gift of life. The painful truth of Father’s Day may be that your own father may not be worthy of any real honor. The glorious truth of Father’s Day is that there is a Father who is worthy of all honor. Where your father may have wounded you deeply by his absence, your Heavenly Father can heal you fully with His Presence. Where your father may only have given you life here and now, your Heavenly Father can give you life now and forever. Where your father may have abandoned you for selfish gain, your Heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you and has adopted you as His own.

Father’s Day is not unlike any other Sunday…

Perhaps Father’s Day should not be unlike any other Sunday.

Perhaps on this Father’s Day we should bow and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for giving us life and breath and meaning. Perhaps on this Father’s Day we can celebrate that even with a broken and imperfect (and sometimes painful) guide in our own fathers, the truth of His Fatherhood is still revealed. Perhaps on this Father’s Day we can stand on the shoulders of the generations of men in our family’s past who turned their hearts to the King and gave us a strong foundation from which we can build a more profound legacy. Perhaps on this Father’s Day, a generation of men will rise up and decide to embrace the sacrificial responsibility of turning their hearts to the King for the first time so that generations to come will stand on their legacies. Perhaps on this Father’s Day we can learn how to honor our One, True Father.

Perhaps on this Father’s Day with the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit we can live out the 5th commandment (and the first with a promise): “Honor your father and your mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

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