On my weekly visit with the 94-year old man at the nursing home today, I asked, “What do you want for Father’s Day?”
“Nothing. I don’t need nothing. Got everything I need.”
My mind immediately asked, What about spiritual needs. Got any of those?
As a father, for my ‘wants’ I looked at how seven fatherly characters in the Bible thought.
Like Job, that I’ll pray daily for my family to be guiltless (sin-free) before their God
Like the Apostle James, that my family would be busy doing good deeds, such as visiting the homeless and shut-ins and helping the needy (James 1:27).
Like the Apocalyptic John, that my family is blessed to be among the ones who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).
Like the disciple John, that I have no greater joy than to find my children walking in the truth (2 John 4).
Like the aging Patriarch, that the Lord prolong my life in old age so I can continue to tell others about Him (Psalm 71:18).
Like Jesus, that I’ll look on others as he did with tender heart-felt compassion and forgiveness.
Like our Heavenly Father, that we will all love with an indefatigable love that never tires of our family coming to us for help and guidance! ( Psalm 98:3 The Message)
These are the Father’s Day gifts I’d like to receive. My desire is that this Father’s Day will be a unique, memorable Day of days.