If, in preparation for today, you’ve been in a card store, you might be persuaded that being a father is about either drinking beer or playing golf. It’s a challenge to find a humorous Father’s Day card that doesn’t refer to one of those activities. But even among the serious cards, there is little mention of the greatest gift a father can give his children – a strong relationship with the Lord.

While we are all thankful for the energy the fathers in our lives pour into their children’s activities and ambitions, raising a child to love and honor his Heavenly Father is a way in which a father shows his own priorities, shares his own faith, and sets his child upon the proper path. All the other lessons a good father teaches, all the other ways in which he sets an example for his children, flow from his own dedication to living a life in the Lord.

So today, as we celebrate Father’s Day, as we make jokes about beer and golf, let us give thanks to God for the fathers who bring their children to Him. Let us give thanks to all the men of the church, regardless of their personal paternal status, who work to raise up the next generation in faith and joy. This congregation is blessed by men who, like Pastor Masted, seek to be an example of what it means to live according to God’s will and in His grace. We all can learn from them, no matter our generation.

Let us give thanks to God today for our fathers and all the men of faith who seek the make the world a more loving place. May we honor them by working with them to serve the Lord and one another. May the Lord bless them all.

“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