Newsletter: June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019 at 4:57 pm Categories: E-newsletter, News


June 14, 2019

Dad’s In The Picture

Who’s the picture-taker in your family? There’s usually someone who gravitates to that responsibility on special occasions or even everyday ones. In our family, that’s been me for as long as I can remember. And of course that means it’s extremely rare to find a picture with my face in it.  

As we approach Father’s Day this Sunday, you see a lot of memes and ponderings about fathers, their impact on the lives of children and families, and even some heavy-handed musings that point the finger at dads and the perception of what they’re NOT doing and should be (sorry, dads – just ignore those).

My thoughts went to pictures as I was asking my family members to find a picture of me and my dad to include with this article today. Sadly, one doesn’t exist – but still, my dad is always in the picture. The way he lived his life in front of me, the things he taught me, the life lessons I learned – all this and so much more I carry with me each day, often without realizing it. My own son called me the other day, asking a car question. I gave him an answer and thought, “I learned about that from my dad.” I always tell my youngest, when dropping him off for dance rehearsal, “Work hard, have fun!” I learned the value of hard work from my dad.

Have you ever looked at Malachi 4:6 and Luke 1:17? These two verses close the Old Testament and open the New by talking about one who will “turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” God is all about fathers and children being in the same picture together, having relationship, understanding the role of The Father in all of life!

As you think about Father’s Day this Sunday, regardless of your earthly father situation, reflect on your Heavenly Father and his “being in the picture” of your life – even when you don’t realize it! And if you are celebrating your earthly father, make sure you get a picture with him if you don’t have one. I’ll be working on that one for myself.

Here’s a rare picture that actually has my dad in it!

Tim Davis

Pastor to Children & Families

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