DAY 95:† Sunday 21 June
Good morning to everyone on this, the longest day of the year which also happens to be Fatherís Day. Make of that coincidence whatever you like!
Your family traditions for Fatherís Day will undoubtedly be changed for this year given the current situation. If you have just one other household of children or grandchildren, you can see them in your social bubble. But if you have more than one group of children and grandchildren, it becomes more complicated. The freedoms to come and go and get together up until this year were just taken for granted. But now those freedoms have been restricted and many people are struggling to understand and accept the situation.
However, letís not forget that in some parts of the world, restrictions on individual movement and the freedom to meet up with family are imposed by ruthless regimes or extreme religious rules. What we have been going through in this country is obviously nothing like that.
Let us also not forget thousands of children in our country who will not see their father or perhaps not even know their father. Such a huge gap in their growing up experience and development to not have a loving father who they can depend on.
Before you listen to todayís virtual service, would you join in this version of the Apostlesí Creed which begins with the words ĎI believe in God the Fatherí so is very appropriate for today. It is sung to a well-known Welsh hymn tune that you will recognise >>> I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER
Our virtual service for today has been edited from the Fatherís Day service held at the Chapel around this time last year. The recording is audio only and is led by myself, with Alan Armstrong sharing some memories of his father. Looking back at the Fatherís Day service of last year I noticed quite a few of our Sunday regulars were missing on that week, so for you this will not be a repeat. Together with four well-known songs, the virtual service lasts 41 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21611438
Here some additional Bible verses particularly appropriate to fathers and grandfathers Ė
Psalm 103:13 (NIV) Ė Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
Proverbs 23:24 (NLT) - The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
Colossians 3:21 (NKJV) - Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Ephesians 6:4 (MSG) - Fathers, donít exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.
Hebrews 12:7-11 (CEV) - Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats his children. Donít all parents correct their children? God corrects all of his children, and if he doesnít correct you, then you donít really belong to him.
Our earthly fathers correct us, and we respect them. Isnít it even better to be given true life by letting our spiritual Father correct us? Our human fathers correct us for a short time, and they do it as they think best.
But God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is. It is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at the time it is painful. But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace.
Deuteronomy 11:1, 18-20 (VOICE) - Love the Eternal your God and always obey His requirements, regulations, judgments, and commands.
Let what Iím saying sink deeply into your hearts and souls. Do whatever it takes to remember what Iím telling you: tie a reminder on your wrist or put a reminder on your forehead where youíll see it all the time, and on the doorpost where you cross the threshold or at the city gate.
Teach these things to your children. Talk about them when youíre sitting together in your home and when youíre walking together down the road. Make them the last thing you talk about before you go to bed and the first thing you talk about the next morning. That way you and your children will be blessed with long life and abundant crops upon the ground the Eternal Father promised to your ancestors, for as long as thereís a sky above the earth.
Enjoy your day, and donít forget your heavenly Father wants to be part of it as well. Stay safe in whatever youíre planning to do.
Vera telephoned John Abbott yesterday to thank him and everyone else for their prayers and concern. She is still in Good Hope and getting frustrated at not being able to get out of bed because as she said, her Ďlegs have turned like jellyí. But it is good news that she seems to be on the mend, albeit rather too slowly for Veraís expectations. Hopefully the physio treatments will help her to get back on her feet soon. (And if you are able to pick up and read this email Vera, we all look forward to seeing you again soon.)
MAKE YOU SMILE:
A couple go out to dinner to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. On the way home, she notices a tear in his eye and asks if he's feeling sentimental because they're celebrating 50 wonderful years together.
He replies, "No, I was thinking about the time before we got married. Your father threatened me with a shotgun and said he'd have me thrown in jail for 50 years if I didn't marry you. Tomorrow I would have been a free man!"
A child asked his father, "How were people born?" His father replied, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on."
The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now."
The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!"
His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."
Father: Why did you get such a low score in your exam?
Father: You were absent on the day of the exam?
Son: No, but the boy who sits next to me was!