Pondering Father’s Day for My Children

Pondering Father’s Day

I ponder the meaning of what it means to be a father, who do we learn this from, from our father; maybe a step-father; a grandfather; an uncle; an older brother perhaps; maybe a mentor; a teacher; a pastor, all of these are possibilities but there is only one true example that all of these learned from, that would be Our Father who art in Heaven, yes from God the Father.

But how can I learn to be a father from God whom I cannot see. We first look I believe to his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us a starting point in that – For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16.

Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave His only son that we might have life, a possibility for this age and for the age to come; eternal life.

So love involves sacrifice, but what does that have to do with being a father, you might ask. You see love in and of itself has only one true characteristic, and that is to give of itself, for if it doesn’t give, it is not love, you will always know love by its willingness to sacrifice.

But what is the connection of this love to being a father, and how does God as Father fit in to it all. Scripture tells us in 1John 4:8 that God is love, it is his very nature, God knows no other way, than love and that to me is at the core why God as Father is so vital to all of us today, as a Father he knows no other way than to love. There is not a better example to be found anywhere as to what a Father should be, I certainly hope as a father that I express this love to my children, I know that I have tried to love them like God loves and I know at times that I have failed, but I am thankful that my heavenly Father is always there when I do fail to pick me up and also them, because His Love is the one thing that never fails.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

You see God as Father shows us all how to love, as a father I learn how to love from him, the main thing is that I love always, always, I know no other way.

Thank you Father for showing us all how to love. Even if for some reason your earthly father may have let you down, know that your heavenly Father never will.

And for my children Rachel, Jessica and Justin just know that I love you always, always. – Dad

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About Drexel Gardens Christian Church Today.

About us today:

We are a small church with a mostly older congregation, which has a lot of wisdom to share with the coming generation; we are active in our community as an advocate for our neighborhood. We have developed strong relationships with the MSD Wayne; The Wayne Township Trustee’s office; IMPD Southwest District and also have developed strong relationships with those in state and city government, so that our neighbors in Drexel Gardens can be better served. We are also in partnership with the Drexel Gardens Neighborhood CrimeWatch which meets in our church every other month and was founded by one of our members 5 years ago and is now led by a husband and wife team who do a great job in representing our church and neighborhood throughout the city. The church has also sponsored and hosted Neighborhood Cleanup and Community Day’s in the spring and summer for the last five years. These things are all part of our work here in the neighborhood, of Seeking, working and praying for peace in this place.” – (See Jeremiah 29:7 below). But our primary mission here is simply to be the Church (The Body of Christ) in this place where God has sent us. The work of seeking and saving the lost; the work of making disciples; work of restoration and reconciliation; these things are at the heart of everything we do. We love our neighbors here, it is what we are called too, our ways may seem a little unorthodox to some but it is who we are and what we do. We are simply working with God’s help to be his Presence in this place.

While we are growing closer in our relationship to God and each other and while we are also building relationships with our neighbors, it hasn’t really translated into church membership growth and may not for sometime, it is a slow process and church really should be slow shouldn’t it. – Peace, Pastor Gary

 

But seek the welfare (peace) of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare (peace) you will find your welfare (peace).Jeremiah 29:7-ESV