Fathers Day Presentation to the Fathers at Pali View Baptist Church on Oahu

Father’s Day Scripture – Psalm 127:3

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is his reward. – KJV

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. – NLT

Heritage / Gift = Property, inheritance

Reward = Payment, fare

 

Handout to Fathers from the Children of the Church…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a small bag with Psalm 127:3 scripture on it.

It’s a small Gift and a Reward too. Two things in one – Gift & Reward, like in the Scripture…

 

Introduction to Vince Bocchieri from Brent Schlittenhart; after church announcements.

Ask Fathers to Stand – ask people to picture their Father in their mind – short prayer for fathers…

Pray and then they can sit after they get there small gift bag.

 

I’m here to represent Fathers, Dad’s really. It seems like the only time my daughter calls me father is when I did something wrong or embarrassed her…

(I want to take a moment) a let you know that this day is for fathers. We get one day a year and we are going to enjoy it. (So let me lay a few ground rules.) No matter how bad or corny our jokes are you have to laugh at them today. No pointing out if we get chocolate on our face from eating our Reese’s peanut butter cups, we’ll wipe it off; eventually. On our way home when we leave the blinker on after changing lanes, bite your tongue and don’t say anything. Whatever our favorite food is, Pizza or Burgers or Crab or Steak or Fish, you know what it is and that’s what we want for dinner. And after it’s all over and we burp to loud, unbuckle the front of our pants and fall asleep on the sofa. Please be quiet and let us rest…

Now that you know the rules I want to point out something special about fathers in the Bible.

It is found in the book of Psalms, division 127 vs. 3

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is his reward. – KJV

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. – NLT

Children, Kids – Baby’s – A new born. I remember the first time I held each one of my children for the first time and looked into their eyes. They stare at you and you just fall into them, Hold them; this is Love. We make a connection that will last into eternity. This was my child and He was a gift, made by God for me.

(Now here is the amazing part.) Fathers don’t do anything. Mothers do all the work. They carry the child for those nine LONG months, everything that goes along with it and endure basically physical torture giving birth to the baby at the end. (Thank you my dear, you can never say think you enough to your wife when this subject matter is brought up. So thank you; 5 times Thank You)

So, here I am holding my new born child, my gift from God. Looking into their eyes and I think “I can’t believe we had another one”… No, kidding. Really I am thinking God must really think I am special, a good dad. Someone that can care for and protect this precious little bundle of joy. Raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. That’s what we really want as fathers is to raise our kids to grow up to know God. Seek him out and love Him just as much as we do.

Then it happens, real life hits you (pow) 3:00 am feedings with wet diapers that run all over you as you’re holding the baby, gassy colicky baby’s that won’t sleep, until the sun comes up. Teething, fevers, ear infections on and on.

You get the idea. But it doesn’t end with Baby’s problems. They start walking, running really and they never stop. So much energy, where does it come from?

There is helping with Homework – trying to understand the New Math, sleepovers, playing games, trips to the park, beach, doctors, dentists. You answer questions over and over and try to put limits on how many times they can say why… and on and on…

It never ends; each year they get older is a multiplier of the type’s problems and the expenses to solve those problems.

Here is the icing on the cake…(eye roll), as all this is happening. They watch you, the record every word action and deed and report back to Mom, Grandma, each brother and sister; and anyone else they can talk to.

Dad did this, he lost that. We got lost on the way here, 3 times; you should have heard all the bad words he was saying. I can’t believe he still wears that. Look how much hair he’s lost. He can’t hear or see to good anymore. Poor ol’ Dad, just not the same anymore…

(Wait, it can’t end this way.) God did this to me; he gave me those kids they were from God…

Let’s go back to that scripture in Palms 127

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. – NLT

I got the Gift part but what about this; They are a reward! A reward? For what?

(Let’s think this through… )You get a reward for doing something, return something that was lost. Like finding a lost pet and getting it back to the owner.

So what is the work that Dad’s do? Go back to the start. 3:00am feedings, walking a colicky baby. The leaky diaper and so on. Being there day in and day out, working late. Helping with those school projects. Hosting sleep overs. Playing games over and over. And always being the butt of the jokes, tricks and looking like we have no idea what’s going on.

We do it all because we are Dad and the reward comes when all of a sudden the child grows up and they realize Dad pretty much knew what was going on the whole time.

He wasn’t stupid or messing up things, Most Times any way – there’s always a few that just have no explanation.

It was always a plan to help the child grow and learn.

Every Child, usually as a teenager, gets to a point as they get older when they realize it’s not just about them, it’s about Him (point to God) and Dad was pointing the way. Holding the sign in the storm, suffering sleepless nights. Hours on knees praying for the family. Sacrificing pride, poise and image to turn the Gift into a Reward. To bring the child home, where they belong.

This reward Pays off fully for the Dad when we now get to have the same eye to eye contact; just like that first day. The first time was because you were the dad and the baby just loved you.

Now it’s because they know all about what you went through for them. Seen you at your worst, suffer, make mistakes and endure it all for them. They love you even more for all these things.

You get to feel again that First Day Look Moment of Love about how special the Gift was from God.

Now the Child knows he was giving a Gift too. The Gift of an earthly father that points the way to the heavenly father.

Thank you dear God for my father and all the fathers that are here. Please bless each and every one with a special day today.

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