Dear Children and Fathers,

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for it is right.  ‘Honor your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise. ‘So that it might be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’ And fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”.(Ephesians 6:1-4)

Father’s Day will be celebrated in the United States of America this Sunday June 18, 2017.   For many children and fathers it will be a wonderful day to celebrate the blessing of loving relationships that nurture them in Christ. For others, it will be a painful day that lifts up brokenness and disappointment for children, fathers and mothers. The truth is, Christ will be on the side of all!

In his book “In Search of Stones,” M. Scott Peck discusses his relationship with his adult children. The book is rather autobiographical. In the book he makes it rather clear that he feels his wife Lily has stronger relationships with his children than he does. He says it this way:   “…they (his children) resent me for being the lesser parent, seldom as available to them as Lily. In part their resentment is justified. I have hardly been the best of fathers or as attentive as I both could and should have been. Yet, in part, I also resent their resentment.” (Pg 150)

The book makes it clear that Dr. Peck lives in tension with his children.

            “…we’d had the fantasy that when they (their three children ) were grown, our role as parents would easily evolve from caretakers to that of comfortable friends. Instead , in their presence , we feel we must walk on eggs. Our most idle remarks or facial expressions may evoke their scorn or precipitate a hurtful silence…” (Pg 154)

I pray that you are in a position to celebrate with joy the wonders of the relationship you have with your earthly father this Sunday.

For others, these quotes form Dr. Peck will ring too true. If the facts are that you as child or father feel something less then joy and celebration in your relationship, it is my prayer that today, this Sunday and every day, the merciful ways of your Heavenly Father will lead you into grace, forgiveness and the potential of a new beginning.  For your Heavenly Father never leaves you orphaned or dwelling in brokenness. The arms of your Heavenly Parent are wide-open and moving toward you at all times. See Luke 15:11-32. May such divine love transform all the relationships you enter into.

Prayers:  For Dot Morton and all who  mourn her mother Betty. Debbi Meador who is fighting cancer. A large blood clot was found in my left leg last Friday—prayers for healing are welcome. For elected officials, that peace may fall upon the earth. For all fathers, mothers and children.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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