Devotion and Prayer for Week of June 17, 2012

Meditation for the Week of June 17, 2012

This past Sunday was Father’s Day. It is interesting that in terms of Church attendance, Mother’s Day is third behind Christmas and Easter.  But Father’s Day doesn’t even register as anything special in terms of attendance.  Why is that?  Does this somehow mean that men are less religious than women?  Or is it that church attendance is not as important for men or that somehow taking the day off from church is more suitable for men?

The Psalm for this week is Psalm 1 and the opening verse reads, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” (vs.1) A Godly man rejects wickedness, turns away from sin and does not speak poorly others, and is one who is blessed by God.  Men have an important responsibility to lead their families and to lead by example.  This leadership is especially important in terms of religion and faith.  I can think of the examples as I was growing up.  It was my father, who worked six days a week including several evenings, but still saw that we were up and at church on Sunday mornings.  My father-in-law was the head of his household and made sure that church was an important part of family life. He continued even years into his retirement, to volunteer at church in many roles showing his family that his relationship with God were paramount in his life.

Somehow, somewhere along the line all of this changed.  In some communities the percentage of single parent homes, mostly women, is 70%.  On average across the United States we are nearing a point where we see almost 50% of our families as single parent families.  This is having important and major ramifications throughout our society in terms of family assistance, education and crime.

Given all of this, it is important that we celebrate Fathers and fatherhood.  God has created us male and female and given us all responsibilities in the family.  We are incomplete when we ignore what God has designed and created.  This week is a great time to speak to the men in your life and encourage them and compliment them on the role that they play in the family.  Tell you husband how much you appreciate all that he has done to nurture your family.  Then encourage him to call your sons or grandsons and encourage them to be good fathers, to be godly fathers.

It may not be popular in modern culture to remember and recognize fathers, but God does.  He sent his Son to earth to be the means by which all people can receive salvation.  God the Father sent His Son to pay the price for our sins, which he did with his death on the cross.  Then by Jesus’ rising from the grave he gives to all the promise of eternal life.  God as our heavenly Father takes his responsibility as our father seriously and so should we.  May God bless our Fathers this week and always.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Almighty Heavenly Father, you have given us the example of a loving and caring father. You discipline us when we go astray. You instruct us in the ways we should go.  You show us what love is when you sacrifice your Son to save us.  You provide everything we need for life both here on earth and for all eternity with you in heaven.  We thank you for being our loving father. We pray for all fathers, that they would come to know You and be Godly men and loving fathers, following your example.  We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.