Thank You, Father

So, will it be more socks, … (you know what I mean :-) ), or handkerchiefs today? Me: I hope I’ll be happy and thankful whatever I get (I will be getting something, won’t I, kids? …), because it truly can be the thought that counts most.

Do you know when Father’s Day started? Well, apparently there has been a celebration of fatherhood since at least the early 1400’s in Europe … but in Egypt this celebration may have started as early as the fifth century! But the ‘nation-wide’ celebration on Father’s Day in America has only happened in about the last fifty years. And from the U.S.A. came the ‘nation-wide’ celebration of it here.

Whatever the history of celebrating Father’s Day is in your family, I hope that today you are able to be appreciative of your Father and that your children will show their love to you — except that for numerous people their father was ‘very average’ at being a Father or worse, so it can be hard for them to be very grateful. For many people in our church their father/grandfathers have died, so there can be sadness about that. And of course, many people don’t have children to thank them for being a dad. So should we scrap celebrating Father’s Day? NO!

Let us show gratitude to our fathers and grandfathers for not only bringing us into the world and showing us however much love they did/do, but also to anyone who has been like a father to us.

Even if we didn’t/don’t have a great father, there is, a Father we can all be thankful for — our heavenly one. Hear these wonderful words — “… God sent forth His Son … to redeem [us] … so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are … a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”    Galatians 4:4-7

In the ancient world it was the sons who inherited, so here the Apostle Paul is telling you that the Father sent his Son so that his death would make us God’s sons … which means we will inherit ‘the world’! Wow. What grace! Now that’s worth thanking God for!

Cameron Wills

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