Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen)
– Matthew 6:9-13
Whether you are a husband, father, or a child, we all struggle in our relationship with God on Father’s Day, especially if we are single, childless, had an absentee-dad, a divorced dad, or one who was less than ideal.
However, maybe you had a wonderful teacher or a coach; maybe you had a father-figure who was someone else’s dad who always asked how you were doing. Perhaps God showed himself to you through a pastor or Sunday school leader.
Regardless of upbringing, I know for sure that God has worked very hard to make sure you found him—through a real dad, a stepdad, a grandfather, or simply an obedient man. ” A father to the fatherless…” (Psalm 68:5).
I heard that Hallmark gave out free cards to inmates to send on Mother’s and Father’s Day. While they always ran out on Mother’s Day, only a small percentage of cards were used by inmates for Father’s Day.
Question: What does this say about the role of fathers?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making it possible for us to know you as our heavenly Father and experience an amazing change in our own life. Amen.
This devotional by Greg Bondar is from Day 5 of “Reflections for Father’s Day’ from Bible Society’s Daily Bible. If you’d like to get Daily Bible delivered straight to your Inbox, just sign up to get started.
Happy Father’s Day for Sunday 5th September!