As another Fathers Day approaches, I’m reminded of some special moments I spent with my earthly father. My Dad, the sole provider of our family and a very hard-working man traveled a lot and was away from us 3 weeks at a time sometimes longer due to his job. Although we didn’t spend a lot of time together I knew he loved me and I treasure the memories I have of him. You may not see your daddy all the time or maybe he’s in Heaven now, but we all have a Heavenly Father who is always there for us and who loves us like no one else.
The Pew Research Center notes that fatherhood in America has changed. Today’s dads are more involved with their children than 50 years ago. The role of our fathers is very important, but the relationship may not always be nurtured or dads may not be able to spend a lot of time with their children due to their work schedules. The relationship between a father and son should be intimate and close, but this is not always the case. Our Heavenly Father shows us that we can call on Him anytime and cry “Abba Father!” as suggested by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6 it’s as if we’re saying, “Papa Father” I need you.
In the Aramaic language that Jesus spoke, there’s one primary word for “father”, Abba. As Jesus prayed and addressed His own Father in the garden of Gethsemane on the night before His crucifixion in this way. “And He said,”Abba, Father all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:36) A pleading prayer from a Son to the only Person who could sustain Him-His own Heavenly Father.. How beautiful a picture!
Whatever you call that special man in your life Dad, Daddy, Papa, Father, Pop, spend this Fathers Day giving thanks for him and don’t miss a chance to tell him how much you love him. Dad’s let your children see how important worship is to you and lead your family in honoring your Heavenly Father who’s sacrifice allows us to call out “Abba Father!” and celebrate Him daily.