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The meaning of Fathers Day

Pastor's corner

POSTED: June 22, 2009 10:28 a.m.
In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 9, we find Jesus teaching us how to pray saying these words, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, Hollowed be thy name.”
You may be wondering what that prayer has to do with Father’s Day. It’s simple. We are recognizing God as our spiritual Father and giving honor to his name. So, those are the two things we are going to talk about today.
First, let’s talk about “father.” The dictionary tells us that the word “Father” signifies a nourisher, protector, upholder, nearest ancestor, metaphorically, the originator of a family. Have you heard any of that before? I’m sure you have. I am not going to talk about anyone in particular. I just want you to know fathers are important and not just because of  some of these reasons. Sometimes we take our fathers for granted until we need them to do something for us, but it’s not about that. Fathers care for us and don’t want us going astray. They don’t like to see us hurt or mistreated.
Yes, sometimes fathers will fuss at us because they have already traveled the road we are on. Fathers don’t want to tell us that we they made the same mistakes they did, they will try to keep us from making those mistakes. Fathers will deploy around the world, take jobs they don’t want and give up their lifestyles for their children.
Of course, there are some dads out there who don’t fit that definition, but that’s something for them to discuss with God.  
Now, let’s talk about the second word, “name.” Just when you think he’s done everything a father can do, he’ll take it one step further by maintaining a record of ancestors and tracing the family name.
My father’s name has value, power, blessings and comfort and I wouldn’t give it up for any other name. We need to understand our names and where they came from and not be so quick to give them up.
I know where my name came from, its heritage and linear age. I “married into the name” with my commitment to God.  
Remember, being a father is not the easiest thing to do. There are good days and bad days, but the good always outweigh the bad and that’s what it’s all about.
Happy Fathers Day. All the dads out there deserve recognition. Keep your faith and be blessed.

Andrews is president of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County.
 

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