Friday, June 18, 2010
Father's Day--Reach Up and Let the Sun Stand Still
He looked at the list of the things that she had whispered in his ear. What does a good father do? She had told her Daddy:
1) He catches a fish.
2) He builds a fire.
3) He flies a kite.
4) He catches a butterfly.
5) He plants a flower.
6) He gets a kitty-cat out of the mud
and washes it off.
As the Preacher-father read his daughter's list it occurred to him that nothing on that list required money. Everything she had suggested required his being there.
The kids don't care what your job is or where you live. They couldn't care less about the kind of car you drive or the times your name is in the newspaper. They will remember, as long as they live, the special moments. The old book says that one day old Joshua reached up and stopped the sun. Time stood still. This is the father's task as well. Stop long enough to let them know you care deeply about them and let them know they are more important than any ticking clock. Let us celebrate this special day. Let us remember fatherhood. Let us remember more than anything the word, father, means being present and accounted for.
(The drawing above was one of many that Rembrandt did retelling the story of The Return of the Prodigal.)