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Sunday Dialogue: What is a Father? Happy Father's Day, God!

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Today is a day set aside to honor Fathers – well, just what is a Father? According to those who write dictionaries, a father is someone who is a man (male) who is directly associated with the creation of a natural child or children.

We have all heard the expression, “Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!” The meaning of “Daddy” is one’s father.

Why do we call those who signed the Constitution, the “Fathers of Our Nation?” In this explanation, a Father is the beginning of something.

Who was the first Father? Some would immediately say, “Adam!” But is that true?

Abraham was told by God in the Bible that he would be the Father of many nations! Based on the dictionary definition how that could be true? How could Abraham have that many natural children – so many that they would be like the sands of the earth; unable to be counted?

Why are leaders and pastors in the Catholic Church called Fathers?

Why was Henry Chadwick known as the Father of Baseball?

This year denotes the seventy-third year that a “Father of the Year Award” is given to an outstanding Father.

What is meant by a dead-beat Dad? Is “Dad “a lesser or greater term for the man in a person’s life that procreated them? Procreate means to “begat” or bring forth. Ever read all the “begats” in the Bible? They must have been important or they would not have been put in there. Linage is important.

Millions of people are doing genealogy in search of their linage. Where do you start? With the last known Father’s name. God intended that people be part of a family and He intended that each family have a leader – the “head of the family!” He intended that families should be connected.

So where did all of this begin? In the beginning was God. God is the creator and procreator of all things living. That is why He is called Father.

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name!” God is the head of everyone’s family – thus “OUR” Father.

"God is the Father, God is the Son, and God is the Holy Spirit!” God is everything.

God is not only the beginning, but the ending; and everything in between. Suppose God only created sons and daughters and then abandoned them as so many earthly Fathers do?

Some men won’t even acknowledge those they helped to procreate, and do not play a role in the lives of those who are born because of them. Why do you suppose that a child carries the name of the father? Why is it important to know who the father of a child is?

God intended that the family be a cohesive unit with a bond that identified and placed each person within the bounds of family for love, nurturing, protection and connection. God intended that all those in a family be connected to each other and to Him.

So getting down to brass tacks – if you want to emulate, pattern, or copy someone who is a worthy Father – who would that be?

What are the attributes of God the Father? First of all He accepts and acknowledges all of His children. He provides for them. He nourishes them, He nurturers them, He loved them so much that He died for them, He honors them, He protects them, He guides, leads, directs and teaches them. He prepares for them, and He never leaves, deserts, nor forsakes them – no matter what!

If God had a wallet, your photo would be in there. If God had a refrigerator, your photo would be posted there. But… God does not need those reminders to know who His children are for they are imprinted within His Holy Nature. God knows all, sees all, and hears all.

A Father-child relationship is a two sided coin. There are responsibilities of both – the child and the Father. It is important that a father knows their child and the child knows their father.

Now, as never before in the history of the world, we finally come to the truth about God and the importance of parents in that when children are born, they are stamped with a DNA that is proof positive as to who they belong to, but more importantly it establishes who belongs to them. And now because of Jesus, we can carry the eternal "stamp" of God showing that we belong Him.

There are responsibilities of both the Father and the child that are based on the relationship one to another; first of all that would be “love.” Where there is love, all other things will follow
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“He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.” I John 4:8
Thank You God for loving Your children.

Some say that “Father’s Day” began July 19. 1910 as explained on the History Channel web page.

What if God chose only one day out of the year to love and honor us? Should we only honor God on special days and only honor our earthly Father – one day a year?

God is the beginning Father of all things.

Happy Father’s Day, God!

P.S.: With the greatest of love, admiration, and appreciation to all the Fathers, Daddies, Uncles, Grandfathers and Surrogates who have been an earthly example of our Heavenly Father – Happy Father’s Day, too!

Enjoy listening to Amy Grant sing, “This is My Father’s World!”

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