Who's The Daddy?
As Father's Day in the UK arrives this Sunday, how can we support Dads as a church? Giving encouragement and discipline, providing for the family, telling made-up stories and building tree-houses … it can be a demanding role!
Secure kids know their Daddy will defend them no matter what. Learning to swim in deep water, pedalling without stabilisers for the first time, camping in the wild - it all feels safer when Daddy's around.
In Compassion's blog, Tim Glenn reflects on the problem of absent fathers, explaining that the most likely cause is shame. When a man can't earn enough money to give his kids dinner, it 'eats away at a man's self-worth' and they convince themselves it'd be better not to go home. Tim urges us as a church to rise up and encourage men that success is not defined by a large pay check, despite what the world might say.
Father's Day is an opportunity for us to pray for fathers who work long hours for small reward, are unemployed or suffering from shame. We can also celebrate a great gift fathers can bring, far beyond any pay check - Unconditional love. Here's a great example: Blood Diamond Clip