By Ralphine Major
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9 (KJV). Those are the words of Jesus referring to our heavenly Father in what is known as The Lord’s Prayer. Many fathers are mentioned in the Bible. Abraham was called “the father of many nations” (Romans 4:17); Noah was a father who obeyed God by building an ark (Genesis 6:13-14); and Joseph, a carpenter, was the earthly father of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25).
Father’s Day—that special summer holiday set aside to honor our earthly fathers. Unbelievably, it has already been celebrated for 2021 as our nation continues recovery from the COVID pandemic. The last year has, undoubtedly, caused families to look at their time together with a renewed appreciation. We lost our father nearly 27 years ago. Sometimes, it seems like yesterday. This year, he would have turned 95 years old on the day after Father’s Day. Others have lost fathers in recent days and weeks. For those fathers still living, God bless you beyond measure throughout the year with good health and many days of joy and gladness. Hopefully, there will be many more Happy Father’s Days ahead for us to remember those who have gone before and celebrate those among us.
Words of Faith: From the Ten Commandments, “Honour thy father and thy mother.” Exodus 20:12 (KJV).