Daily Post: Bottle
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.
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.
…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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