Sonja Gets the Last Word

Father’s Day in October

  (A blog from the love of my life, my wife: Sonja)

 I am currently reading a sermon by G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945) about the family.  A sentence I read today stopped me in my tracks. 

   “Sometimes we say that God has taken our name “father” in order to teach us what He is.  That is not a correct statement.  God has lent us His name “Father” in order to teach us what we ought to be.”

   Although Father’s Day is celebrated in June, I am much more aware of fatherhood during the month of October.  This is the month the father of my children was born (10.01); it’s the month my son became a father for the second time (10.11); and it’s the month that my earthly father won his long battle with Alzheimer’s and made it Home (10.22).   

   This month reminds me that earthly fathers have been given a tremendous responsibility – the responsibility to model the One from whom creation and the family sprang.  Although my husband and my son are not perfect, they love and serve a perfect Father-God, as did my Dad.  Sure they all have made mistakes and “fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), but they also understand that “to be imitators of God” (Eph. 5:1) requires growing in knowledge of who He is and living out that knowledge day by day. 

   When children see a father who loves unconditionally (John 3:16) but also disciplines in love (Heb. 12:6) … When they observe a man who is willing to lay down his life for his wife (Eph. 5:25) yet live to serve in love (Gal. 5:13) … When they understand that Dad works to provide the things they need (1 Tim. 5:8) setting an example for his sons and daughters to follow (1 Cor. 11:1), then they will have less trouble embracing the Father above. 

   With thanks to all the special men in my life who made/make it easy to believe…

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