First, I need to confess that pretty much every time I hear or say the word ‘father’, I think ‘fajah’, and giggle. And for reasons that will come clear as you watch this video, I blame/thank Mike Myers:
Now that that’s out of the way, I want to, on Father’s Day 2014, say a quick prayer to our Heavenly Father, for the following:
For creating us in His image; for giving us memory, reason and skill. For giving us free will, but not letting our misuse of that free will be the end of our story.
- For creating the concept of fatherhood. What a good idea!
- For choosing to regard us as His beloved children, rather than His possessions, and therefore, for choosing to be our Father – rather than our owner, or our master.
- For loving us just the way we are, and for loving us so much He’s not willing to leave us this way.
- For modelling for us what Fatherhood is really supposed to look like.
- For redeeming us earthly fathers who fall short of that ideal.
- For redeeming us children who are less than what He made us to be, because our earthly fathers fall so far short of that ideal.
- For redeeming the very word ‘father’, which for so many of us is laced with grief, sadness, rage or emptiness. (If that’s you, don’t run from the association of the word ‘father’ with ‘God’; instead, run to God and let Him provide you with, not only a new definition for this word, but a whole new dictionary!)
- For being all the Father that any of us really need.
Peace be with you.