Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. – Ephesians 6:2-4
It is not easy being a Dad. It is a difficult balance between provider /protector and tender-hearted care-giver. How can the firm hand of discipline equally cradle and comfort? Great, big hands, that fumble with little buttons and ribbons can hold enormous love and patience.
God, the Father, is the model for this dance of opposites, the range of emotions, demonstrating loving kindness mixed with uncompromising truth. Jesus cleared the temple of those who threatened His family, as well as, wept over Jerusalem for the prodigal children who had wandered away. It is his commitment that makes a man a father in this “easy come, easy go” world. It is his love that makes a father a dad.
Thank you for Christian fathers, men of God who stand tall for their values, and can also kneel to see the world through the eyes of a child.