Elias Bejjani: Blessed & Happy Fathers’ Day to all Fathers
June 16, 2019
”Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which The Lord your God gives you.” (Exodus 20:12 ).
“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old”. (Proverbs 23/22).
Canadians observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and fatherly figures. Father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians, foster parent, and family friends. Hopefully, all men will have the blessed grace of being fathers.
Being a father is a heavenly endowment, a great satisfaction, and a fulfilling Godly obligation as the Holy Bible teaches us: “Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.”
Almighty God has blessed both parents, fathers and mothers and recommended that they be honoured, respected, cared for, and obeyed by their children. God’s fifth commandment delineates this heavenly obligation and duty.
God is our Holy Father, and we all, men and women, are His beloved children. Fathers on Earth are God’s servants who are entrusted by Him to safeguard, raise, embrace, support, provide and teach their children.
Meanwhile fathers are required to carry their holy duties in raising their children in the fear of God, with the best of their knowledge, with all their resource and means, with full devotion and with all needed sacrifices.
Fathers are the cornerstone of their families upon which children depend on and learn from them how to run, control, and shape their lives.
Caring, devoted and righteous fathers are always given a hand by God and blessed by Him for their rearing duties and erection of ethical and right-wrong boundaries.
Today we are celebrating “Fathers’ Day”, with all those who cherish fathers, appreciate their sacrifices and honour their Godly role.
Best wishes to all fathers hoping they will be shown today all the due respect and gratitude from their sons and daughters.
On this very special day definitely our deceased fathers’ and mothers’ spirits are roaming around sharing with us our joy and happiness. May Almighty God bless their souls and ensure they all are embraced and hosted in His Holy Heavenly dwellings.
Attitudes of gratitude or ingratitude towards fathers on Fathers’ Day, are very sensitive issues that affect and touch the hearts and minds of many people.
These two contradicting attitudes exhibit how much a person is either appreciative or ungrateful.
The majority of people hold on dear to their fathers and do all that they can to always show them their great and deeply felt gratitude, while sadly there are those odd ones out who show no gratitude, abandon their fathers and even at times endeavour to ruin their lives and inflict harm and pain on them.
By doing so and negating God’s commandments that stress an utmost respect for parents, these people make themselves enemies of Christ Himself.
Definitely God shall not be pleased such condemned conduct. This deviation from all human norms occur because of ignorance, selfishness, lack of faith and hope.
These people fall into temptation, become proud of what they should be ashamed of, worship things that belong to this world and forget all about “Judgment Day”.
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord”.
Fathers no matter what must be loved, honoured, dignified and respected. God Himself is a Father and He will not bless those who deny their fathers’ heavenly right of fatherhood and respect.
In this context, Billy Graham says: “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
The Holy Bible in tens of its verses warns and puts on notice all those with callous hearts and numbed conscience who show no gratitude to their fathers and break their hearts.
“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46/04)
Even when fathers are abandoned by their children and denied their heavenly rights, they never ever hold any grudges, feelings of hatred or hostility against them. No matter what, fathers always wish their children health, prosperity and success.
Meanwhile, the Bible instructs parents to value the Godly delegation to them to raise their children with all means of righteousness, safeguarding, nurturing, protection and provision.
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” (Lydia M. Child, U.S. Author)
Blessed & Happy Fathers’ Day to all Fathers
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*Picture: The Picture Below shows the Writers Late Father Youssef Elias Bejjani in year 1948
*Picture Below: Shows the Writer’s Late Father & Mather (Youssef & Eyline Bejjani in 1950)