A good, good father

 

Happy Father’s Day!

How is it with your Father? 

When we look at the Bible, we see a lot of broken, hurting and grieving fathers.  Think of Isaac when he learned that Jacob had tricked him and stolen his brother’s birthright.  Think of the father of the prodigal son!  Think of David crying over his wayward son, Absalom! Story after story introduces us to grieving fathers!

As we gather tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day can we imagine the tears of the Fathers who are living with the horrendous and horrifying remembrance of what happened to their sons and daughters in Orlando one week ago in the early hours of the morning. Slaughtered in a place that they felt safe.

Each of us have had a different experience with our fathers. Maybe your Dad drank too much or abused drugs or was abusive. Maybe he abandoned you or was a workaholic. And the pain, after all this time, still lingers. Or maybe you hurt your father. You turned your back on your day and went away as far as you could.  And now something inside of you wants to reconnect

What can we do?  How do we start on this journey of healing? Tomorrow at Central we discover the place to start.  We journey with the leper in Luke 17:11-19 who throws himself at the feet of Jesus.  When we throw ourselves at Jesus’ feet we begin to understand that each and every one of us have a GOOD, GOOD FATHER! Regardless of your earthly father there is a GOOD, GOOD FATHER for you and for me. So we pray, “Our Father who art in heaven…”

Paul