Sunday will be the day we set aside to honor fathers. Fathers are known by various names: Father – Dad – Daddy – Papa. Our son-in-law often referred to his father as Pop. Pop, known to me as Dan, was a wonderful godly man. He went home to be with Jesus 22 years ago because of multiple sclerosis. However, Jamey still sets aside special time to honor his dad in a unique way every Father’s Day.
Dan’s favorite soft drink (sometimes known as pop) was Dr. Pepper. On Father’s Day, Jamey takes his children to the cemetery where his dad is buried. They sit by his gravestone and share a can of Dr. Pepper while Jamey shares memories of his dad. It is a time for Jamey to remember his father and a time for his children to get acquainted with the grandpa they never met in person.
Jamey is not the only person to share insight of his father through story telling. While dwelling on the earth, Jesus revealed His Heavenly Father through His words and actions. He told stories about His Father. He is the Son of God and Son of Man. Jesus and Philip have a conversation in John 14:6-11. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Jamey is a son of Dad Dan. His children now know Grandpa Dan through stories their dad has shared. However, they have also come to know Grandpa Dan through the lifestyle of their dad. Jamey honors his Pop not only when he shares a soda and a story with his children but also through the life he lives every day. Having known Dan and now knowing Jamey, I know fatherhood is honored in this family. This is true physically and spiritually. Jamey also shares about his Heavenly Father with his children.
God spoke to Moses about honoring fathers when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
In Psalm 145, David gives us an example of verbally honoring our Heavenly Father. Verse 4 says, “One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts.” In verse 21, he concludes, “My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever.”
I encourage you to honor your biological father this Sunday on Father’s Day. If possible, spend time with him in person. Maybe a phone call or a Zoom chat if personal contact is not an option. If he has passed on, take a few moments to remember his place in your life. Share your memories with your family. Tell stories. I also encourage you to spend time with your spiritual father. Your Heavenly Father is only a prayer away. Thank Him for what He has done in your life. Prioritize time with Him so you will have the father/son or daughter relationship of being one with Him as exemplified by Jesus. Jesus prayed in John 17:20-21 for all believers. I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
This coming Sunday, uniquely celebrate Father’s Day. Find your own way to have pop with your Pop.
Happy Father’s Day to all men who have the privilege of being a dad. We honor you while we also honor our Heavenly Father.