Summary: What does dad want for fathers day?, stuff like that power remote control, well maybe, what dad’s really want is to know the kids are safe.. heavenly fathers included.
Let’s start with a little trivia this morning, What day of the year are the most phone calls made???…… Mothers day. It seems that on mothers day everyone wants to call home.
What do you thinks happens on fathers day? Any one want to make a Guess? The most collect Calls.
Personally I believe that is ok. Dad’s like to be needed. They like to be called on for wisdom and help.
Mom’s job is to fix clothes, meals, a Wounded Body. Dads job is to fix broken stuff and defend the family, especially daughters.
I read something this week entitled 50 Reasons Why It’s Good To Be a Man. I won’t read all of them but I did put together my own top-10 list:
10 You know stuff about tanks.
9 You can go to the bathroom without a support group.
8 If someone forgets to invite you to something he can still be your friend.
7 You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.
6 If another guy shows up at the same party in the same outfit, you might become lifelong buddies.
5 One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.
4 There is always a game on somewhere.
3 Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with, “So…notice anything different?”
2 If something mechanical doesn’t work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.
1 You can do your nails with a pocketknife.
Dad’s are different, Dad’s just seen to be like some of the tools in the garage that are just sitting there until you need them.
In our scripture today, We have the story of a dad and two son’s. It is a parable told by Jesus. It describes family relationships and how different members act.
If we think about it, you can probably find your place in the story. Some of us may look at our life right now and realize that we thought we were grownup and we moved out to make our own mistakes.
Others may feel that we have stayed with the family and done the best we can with all kinds of limits on our lives.
Some of us are Dad’s and we are doing the best we know how. In our scripture, the father, gives his younger son, what the ask. He hands over his share of what would one day be his inheritance.
Dad’s want to give their kids the things they want. They want their children to be happy. Dad’s will let you make a mistake and hope you will learn from it.
Dad’s will love you through your pain and suffering, many times never saying a word. They suffer with their children silently because a man, according to the world, is tougher.
I believe that most of us use our own fathers as a guide on what we believe God is like. If your father was distant or not there you probably feel that God is the same way.
Some of us have a real fear of our fathers. We fear punishment and rejection.
(Wait until your daddy Gets Home!) Dad being the ultimate punishment machine.
OR Maybe the problem is that we can’t be good enough. Perhaps it was grades, or friends and or any choices in your life that were judged harshly. And you just can’t see how you can satisfy your dad.
Too often we place our personal view of our earthly fathers on God. We take the human traits that we know about our dad’s - GOOD or BAD think GOD is the same.
Well, I am grateful to say that it is not true. In our scripture we saw this dad, give over 1 third of the family estate to the young man and let him go away and live whatever life he wanted to live. ( FREE WILL)
And except for the CASH, that is what earthly dad’s end up doing. But in our story the son comes running back home, but only after messing up royally.
In the story, the father is looking down the road, almost as if he expected or longed for the son to come home. And when it happens, he meets him down the road. And is happy to see him and accept him back.
I know more that one father that have accepted their children back home in this way. Sometimes they come home with Grandchildren in tow. ……
I don’t know if I can come anywhere close to the father in this story. I don’t know that I can be like the men I know that have already lived a similar story in real life.
I fear that as my children grow up and if they make some big mistakes in their lives I am going to be tempted to say I TOLD you SO!, I Fear I will make it hard for my kids to come home after they make a big mistake. I am afraid I am too human and that I can’t be enough like God.