Being a father is a daunting task; being a Christian father, even more so. The modern Christian father is called on to model his behavior on that of the apostles and Jesus Himself – to love his family and his community, to lead in fact and by example, and to show mercy, wisdom, tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness. Then, surpassing even the apostles, he must also drive carpool, coach sports, and be conversant in Star Wars mythology.

Today, on Father’s Day, we celebrate the men who embrace this sacred calling and dedicate themselves to their role – those with us and those who have gone to glory. A father who raises his children in the Gospel gives them an eternal gift, a loving foundation on which they can build their lives. A father who shows his children what it means to truly walk with the Lord blesses them yet again.

Let us also celebrate the men of our church who, whether they have their own children or not, give selflessly of themselves to the youth of our congregation. They share their wisdom and their joy with the next generation. They teach, they lead, and they work to keep our family of faith vital and engaged. They are shining examples of humble, gracious service and genuine love for the Lord and His people.

Let us give thanks to God today for our fathers and all the men of faith who serve Him and us. Let us pray that God will continue to give them the strength and the open hearts to lead us, inspire us, and guide us. May we honor them with our dedication, our thanks, and our love.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-9