“THE STEPS OF A GOOD MAN ARE ORDERED BY THE LORD: AND HE DELIGHTETH IN HIS WAY!”-Psalm 37:23 KJV
As we enter into the month of June, my thoughts focus on Fathers. In May, we focused our attention on mothers, so this month let's talk about fathers.
FATHERS ARE THOSE IMPORTANT MEN IN OUR LIVES. Those who have nurtured us, those who have seen us, not just with their eyes, but with their hearts. We remember young fathers, whose families are torn apart by jealousy, fighting and misunderstandings. We remember fathers who are older, but who still bear the responsibility of raising children and grandchildren. In some cases, by themselves.
We remember fathers who mean well, but make mistakes. We remember fathers who are unable to support their children, and some who are forced into UNIMAGINABLE DECISIONS. We remember fathers who have adopted children and those who have given up their rights as fathers.
We remember fathers who rejoice in the achievements of their children--who joyfully watch a new generation take hold. We remember fathers who are single parents, who through personal sacrifice and perseverance, provide a loving home for their children.
Thoughts come to my mind of my step-father, but I only knew him as my "LOVING FATHER." He was the only father I knew most of my life. He was the best father any child could have wanted. He spoiled me when it was needed and natured me at all times.
My biological father became a part of my life after I became an adult, and I am grateful for having an opportunity to know him, yet when I think of "father", my step-father occupies that heartfelt place.
So, I pray for fathers and their children, around the world, caught in the terrors of violence and living in fear. I pray for those who live separated from their children. I want to take a moment to give honor to those men who have nurtured children without being a biological father.
I pray that we open our eyes to the plight of so many fathers around the world for whom life is difficult. I take this opportunity to honor all earthly fathers and I ask our Heavenly Father to help us share His love and mercy for all fathers, and to create in all fathers the desire to be Godly, spiritually relevant fathers. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!
Elaine J. Jones