“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 5:16)
Today (June 14, 2014) in the United States we celebrate Father’s Day. Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.
In my I Was Busy, Now I’m Not book, I was inspired to add “A Special Tribute to my Father.” Here is an excerpt:
Over the years, I have come to discover that many people did not have a loving father. Some fathers are absent, abusive, addictive, apathetic, authoritarian, passive, or unavailable.
But my father was always there for me. I do not remember a single day in my life where I did not feel loved by him. Consequently, it has always been easy for me to believe in a loving God.
When I was growing up, my father took our family to church nearly every weekend. He did not quote scriptures often, but he modeled the book of Proverbs to me and our family. When I began reading the Bible regularly in my forties, many of the Proverbs reminded me of my father. For example, every time I read Proverbs 13:22—A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children—I think of my father.
My father always made family a high priority. Despite his positions of leadership in the U.S. Army and at the Pentagon, he was home for dinner on time nearly every day. He always said a prayer before meal time.
When I was an adult, my father planned regular family gatherings for our whole family. Whenever, we went to visit my parents, we could count on good family meals and good conversation. My father and mother came to nearly every special occasion for my immediate family.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of this tribute.
This morning as I searched through GodTube and YouTube for inspiring videos for Father’s Day, I found this one (my favorite). Enjoy!
Regardless of how good your earthly father was or wasn’t, you have access to the unconditional love of heavenly Father. Here is a great video sharing the Father’s love:
Blessings to honor your father and mother in how you life your life!