Father’s Day is somewhat complicated today. Gone is the simple joy of picking out the new tie, cozy slippers, or warm sweater. Our culture of confused gender roles and sexual identities disparages traditional role of fathers. Single parenting and strained marriages often make stressed parents.
So what do fathers really need?
More than ever fathers – our sons, brothers, and husbands – need the undergirding strength of fervent prayer.
My parents, ages 90 and 92, visited the grave of their only son who tragically died years ago. At 38, my brother Paul was a strong believer, heartbroken to leave his young family but spiritually ready to meet the Lord. Not so my beloved parents who stand grieving without hope of seeing their son nor eternal life unless they repent and receive salvation.
Father’s Day is June 19th. In anticipation, perhaps as a community of readers, writers, and believers can we commit to pray starting Sunday June 12th for fathers and would be fathers – sons, husbands, and brothers? May they rise up to know the Lord, pursue righteousness, and take authority in their homes as spiritual leaders, lovingingly drawing their family to Christ. Will you join me?
The older I get the more I like lists…perhaps you will also make a list of those you will vie for, beseeching our Father in heaven to intervene. May they find and fulfill the call of God upon their lives and know eternal hope at their jouney’s end.
Let’s give fathers what they really need.