Posted by: Diane | June 16, 2014

Father’s Day

My friend told me that her son gave her husband a bottle of BBQ-smelling cologne for Father’s Day. I guess this pre-teen surmised that since her father loved to BBQ meat, he also would love smelling like BBQ too!

After doing a bit of online research, I found out that BBQ-smelling cologne is on the list for “Worst presents to give Dad on Father’s Day.” So are boxers with “World’s Best Dad” written on them, singing fish, useless gadgets, nose hair clippers and my personal favourite, the Potty Putter.

Our downstairs bathroom is so small that if you drop the soap in the shower, you have to open the doors to bend down and retrieve it (great scenario for soap-on-a-rope!) so I can’t imagine making room for a putting green in there!

However, Chris received some awesome Father’s Day “presence” – he was able to spend the afternoon/evening with two of his kids and the third one made a point of contacting him throughout the day.

He also received a wonderful card from Phoenie, his grandson, and that always makes him smile. Chris and Phoenie have an annual and much anticipated “just guys” camping trip every summer and Phoenie’s choice of card clearly communicates his excitement.

Phoenie #2

Love his words!

Phoenie's test

I recently read this quote – A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. (Unknown)

There’s something about a father’s love.

This past week has been a difficult one for our family and I was comforted by this prayer that was recently sent to me.

Heavenward by Scotty Smith – A Prayer for Father’s Day

Heavenward by Scotty Smith

A Prayer for Father’s DayPosted: 15 Jun 2014 04:23 AM PDT

     For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth derives its meaning. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:14-19

     Dear heavenly Father, on this Father’s Day, it’s an unparalleled joy to acknowledge that you are the Father we’ve always longed for and needed. Our most loving and engaged fathers have been a wonderful hint of what it means to be your beloved children; but they could never be to us what you alone can be. And our most broken and irresponsible fathers cannot rob our hearts of the joys we find in knowing you and crying, Abba, Father.

     Thank you for adopting us, through the finished work of Jesus. Thank you for freeing us from our slavery to sin and our orphan-like ways; and for giving us the Spirit of Sonship, a secure place in your family, and an inheritance that can never spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us. Thank you for promising to complete the work you began in us, and for always, and only, disciplining us in love, even when it hurts.

     Father, thank you for grace to forgive our earthly fathers who failed us, including those who broke our trust, hurt us, and misrepresented you to us. Continue to heal us and free us from the lingering effects.

     And thank you for grace to acknowledge our failings as parents, and for promising us the strength we need to humble ourselves before our children, and to trust you to write stories of redemption in our families. Please do so, Father, to your glory.

     Lastly, Father, we thank you for the spiritual fathers you’ve given us—the “dads of grace” who help us discover more and more of the multi-dimensional love of Christ. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

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