And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.” (Genesis 1:14-19)
Summer is finally here! According to our calendar here in the northern part of planet earth, the summer solstice – the exact moment when the sun is at its highest point in the sky each year – was at 5:44 p.m. EDT June 20. This marks the beginning of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Americans love summer! We see families out and about enjoying the sunshine, flowers, and creatures that abound here in Idaho. Dads are out getting the camper ready to take off on an adventure into the beauty of the mountains. In actuality, getting out into nature and the beauty around us is good for our bodies, minds, and spirits. Medical research validates that outdoor activities are good for us, especially for our immune systems. Of course, our Heavenly Father, the creator knew this and he set the seasons, times and the lights in motion for our benefit, not only so that we could see in them a reflection of his glorious character, but also to help us keep track of things from a time perspective.
Time is the substance of our lives, how we invest it and how we spend it determines our path in this life, and our future in eternity. Some of us have been greatly blessed to have had earthly fathers who invested their time and efforts in raising us up to love God, to love others and to love his creation. Others of us may never have known the love and care of a father in the way God had originally planned when he created the family structure.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” (Genesis 1:27-28)
“. . . the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’” (Deuteronomy 4:10)
We desire to express our gratitude and deep appreciation to all the fathers who invest so much love and time into their families, as we honor them on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Whatever you have experienced in relationship to your earthly father, our Heavenly Father is perfect, he calls each of us into his family and into an eternal relationship with him through his son, Jesus! We invite you to come and see for yourself the Heavenly Father, who we can perceive in the face of Jesus, his son!