I have to admit that Father’s Day has never been a big deal for me. Growing up my dad was not around. My parents separated and divorced when I was young and as a result my relationship with my father, even up until his passing fourteen years ago, was quite distant.
When I became a Christian, some people assumed that since my relationship with my earthly father was less than desirable I must have an equally difficult time with my relationship with God, as father. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jesus made a statement to Mary after His resurrection that has been an encouragement to me. I hope you will find it encouraging too.
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17)
From that day forward, no child has ever been fatherless.
Through Jesus we have an open relationship with OUR Father God. In a great show of love, our Heavenly Father put people in our lives to reflect Him and His love for us. For many of you it was your earthly father, or grandfather, or maybe it was a coach or teacher. For me, it was an uncle who showed care and compassion for me as a child. Now as an adult, God has revealed Himself through wonderful godly men and mentors in the church.
So on this Father’s Day, I am grateful to my Heavenly Father and for all the men he has used to reveal Himself. I pray you are too!
This week you are in for a treat as Rev. Dr. Stephen McAllister will be our guest preacher. Come prepared to be blessed!
The blessings don’t stop there. On June 22nd be sure to be at Amberlea when our guest preacher will be the Rev. Rebekah Mitchell.