Editors Note

Fathers Day thoughts

In June, we celebrated Father’s Day. I fully realise that this is not a traditional holiday. From my research it appears that Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd to complement Mother’s Day, another US
invention (not to be confused with Mothering Sunday).
However, I really enjoy it! I spent the weekend with my daughter and her family in Nottingham. After church on Sunday, we went with the grandchildren to a restaurant where her husband and I were the guests of honour. What’s not to like about good food
with family?
As Christians, Jesus gave us the example of God as Father (Mark 14:36). However, many of us had fathers who were not as perfect as God! We may find it hard to think of God in terms of our own fathers. If you had an absent, abusive, distant, miserly, or cruel father, it will be difficult to think positively of God as a loving father.
The good news is that God is not our biological father, but a father with no faults, who loves us unconditionally and longs to be loved back unconditionally. Nicodemus in John 3 wondered how he could be “born a second time”. Jesus’s answer referred Nicodemus to the spiritual truth of a spiritual re-birth, going on to tell him that God so loved the
world…
A spiritual re-birth allows us to have this new father. It allows us to start afresh with a new relationship with our new father. It will be difficult, but we can forget any flaws our biological father had as we experience the total love and acceptance of our spiritual father.
So, I am glad we celebrate Father’s Day. It helps me to re-consider my Heavenly Father and be thankful that God loves me unconditionally. (I also love being with my children and getting a meal for which I do not have to pay!!)

Praise God!
Emrys Lloyd-Roberts
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