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Religious Reflection

Celebrating fatherhood

On Father's Day we honor our fathers and Mother's Day our mothers. We think of how much we love them and how much they love us. A good parent provides for his children, corrects them when they are wrong, teaches them the commandments, the Golden Rule, and the many things they need to know to live happy and constructive lives.

When in trouble, they bail us out or give us a comforting hug. When we do well they are always there to be the first one to applaud and say "well done."

God spoke of his son Jesus in this manner: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3-13).

It is wonderful to have a human father or mother or even both together to give us love and support. But some do not have this or perhaps they have lost their parents, then, there seems to be a vacancy, an emptiness. Some people even feel cheated that they have not been blessed with caring parents.

However, when one wakes to realize that we all have with us every moment of every day our heavenly parent - our Father-Mother God, we see that we cannot be deprived of a father or mother. Why is this? Because God is the parent of each and everyone of us, and if we acknowledge this and turn to Him, we will receive whatever guidance, comfort or provision we need.

The Israelites were provided in the desert with water, manna, quail, etc. Daniel was given protection from the lions. When Ruth's husband died, God provided Boaz, a kinsman, to care for her. Eventually they married and it also gave her ex-mother-in-law Naomi a home.

Human parents are priceless and we are fortunate to have them and should let them know we love them. But every good quality that they possess comes from our heavenly Father, so whether or not they are present, we still have those qualities available to us.

So, as we celebrate Father's Day and love our fathers, let us broaden our celebration to include the giver of all good - our Father-Mother God, who loves us beyond measure and is always there for us.

- Donna Homer of the Sunnyside First Church of Christ Scientist. For more inspiration see spirituality.com.

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