Can You Imagine?

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Thursday, May 24, 1:18 p.m., Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada.

And the thought that came to mind was, “Heavenly!”

These two read chairs, sitting next to the lake just behind the Fairmont Lodge, were so inviting.  In the cool mountain air, with just a hint of breeze, I was thinking how nice it would be to just sit and talk.

This led me to folks who’ve gone on before me to heaven, and how one day maybe I’ll get to sit beside them in some idyllic setting such as this, and just catch up.  I’d like to sit with my mother again like this and just talk like I did when I came home from college.

Then, I thought of my dad, struggling with the mysterious illness we call Alzheimer’s disease.  I don’t remember many times when my dad and I just sat and talked.  We played golf, we played card games at family times like Christmas or Thanksgiving.  But there weren’t that many times when we would just sit and talk.  Now, I wish he could remember me, and we could just sit and talk.

Inevitably, these thoughts today brought me to the idea of one day just sitting and talking with Jesus.  How marvelous that will be!  But wait…

I know it seems like prayer is a more formal exercise often only emphasized in church worship or at Bible studies, but doesn’t the Bible actually teach us that prayer is simply having a conversation with God?  In fact on this day we celebrate as Father’s Day, what could please him more than if we simply pulled up two chairs together (wherever you are today), and just took the time to have a conversation with the Creator of the universe, our Heavenly Father?  The Apostle Peter said it this way… 1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Dad in a Bottle

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Father's Day

I’ve read that in the 1920’s -30’s there was a movement, a protest of sorts, to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for a single holiday called Parent’s Day.  Apparently, every year pro-Parent’s Day activists would gather in Central Park and proclaim that “both parents should be loved and respected together.”  However, Richard Nixon, in 1972, signed a Presidential proclamation which made Father’s Day a national holiday.  I’m wearing a new golf shirt I received in observation of this special day.  I love it.  If you got a bottle of cologne, I’m sorry…

There are as many different kinds of fathers, as there are men who have fathered children.  They come in all flavors, good, bad, and ugly.  Some are gentle and kind, while others may have been harsh and uncompromising.  I don’t know about your experience, and can’t speak for everyone in the world, but I went through the whole gambit with my own father.  In every stage of my childhood, teen-age years, young adulthood, until now, I’ve had an on again – off again relationship with my dad.  Now, I have three adult children of my own, and I’m pretty sure they would say something similar about their relationship with me right about now.  It’s a good picture of life actually.  Life in general has an ebb and flow, up and down, and we work through each circumstance or trial as it comes.  Some things in life are just hard to get over. Change happens. Yet, other experiences pass, and to move forward in a positive way, we choose to eliminate the negatives by forgiving and forgetting the bad things, and focus on the good memories instead.

Today also happens to be Sunday.  On these days of worship, I find myself focusing on the Father.  I am a son, not the Son.   I’m not a son because I deserve it, or earned it, or bought it.  I am a son, and blessed to be so, only because The Father declares it so through John the Apostle, if we believe in The Son.

John 1:12
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name… 

Regardless of how you may have been raised by an earthly father, whether he was present or absent, good, bad, or just indifferent; God the Father, the Creator/Sustainer, has declared that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5b
…for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Today, on Father’s Day, find a way to honor you earthly father according to the word of God, and honor the God and Father of all creation, through His Son Jesus, and give Him glory!

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