it has been a tradition at my church for several years to distribute a bottle of Dad’s Root Beer to the fathers in our congregation on Father’s Day. And the evangelist will preach on how our spiritual Father made us, loves us, teaches us, and ultimately gave His Son as a sacrifice for us. So we, who acknowledge and follow Him, can participate in the Eternal.
Being a dad is not always easy, and not always rewarding, but has its joys, proud moments, and develops personal character – for those who are “all in” – even more than those who commit to marriage, particularly one founded on the same spiritual principles. Several people I know, some older and some much younger than myself, have not become parents and do not yet know this ‘doctoral’ class on human behavior.
I am grateful, in particular , for three things. That God chose a time and place for me to come to Him. To meet and marry my wife, second. And for me, deliberately choosing to become a parent, a Dad, of three adolescents who now are men all near thirty years of age. Each one has a unique personality, talents, and challenges. None are perfect in any sense of the word, but I can only pray that my example has given them some measure of what it means to be a Dad. A bottle of root beer is optional.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;Psalm 103: 13 (NIV)