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Happy Father's Day

June 14, 2011
By PASTOR ROGER LEMKE, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church

Father’s Day! It doesn’t matter if the kids are at home or have flown the coop, Sunday is the day dads and grandpas play King of the Hill, take a break, do nothing, take a nap, get some gifts and have a fantastic meal prepared for them. A first-grader wrote: “My dad is the best dad ever. I would kiss a pig for him.” Sunday, we can skip the pig kissing, but we do applaud those fathers who walk in the footsteps of their Father God. And more importantly, we applaud our loving Father God who compassionately comes to us because we are harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36).

\The good news of the Gospel is that our Father God’s love covers our weaknesses. There is no small print, no exclusions and no problems. “There ought to be a law” agencies will screen you out, count you out, delete your file, reject your application and not give you the time of the day. They go by the numbers and the book, but in contrast our Heavenly Father is “good and His mercy is everlasting” (Ps. 100:4).

Children need fathers who model their lives after their graceful Heavenly Father who is not absent or passive but “Emmanuel, God with us.” God our Father walks behind us, beside us, beneath us and goes before us. Our Heavenly Father is our support, encouragement and “and always ready to help in every trouble” (Ps. 46:1). A sixth grader writes about his “Model the Heavenly Father,” father: “One time I was a soloist at an assembly and my dad was in the first row and after my song I smiled at my dad and my dad smiled back and started crying. That was the best thing I ever saw.”

My son Nick once wrote in a Father’s Day card: “Dad, everything I know I learned from you, except for one thing that I learned on my own. I learned that the old beat up Capri could do 110 mph! Happy Father’s Day!” Fathers who model themselves after the heavenly father learn that “love is patient and kind, never rude nor quick-tempered (1 Cor 13:4-5). And thereby we become like our Heavenly Father who when we see a breach we build a bridge or we become a gardener of green pastures in which our children and God’s children may dwell and be restored.

Sunday, applaud your dads by saying: “Happy Father’s Day!” In like manner praise God and say: “Happy Father’s Day, God!” “We praise you for “receiving our life from you” (Ephs. 3:15) and we applaud You because “Your Father’s love will never fail and Your mercy will endure forever” (Ps. 136:1).


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