Oh hurray! It's almost 3pm! That means my favorite show is on Me-TV...The Rifleman. I'm not often at home at this time of the afternoon, but when I am, on goes the TV (usually while I fold clothes or crochet) to enjoy this oldie but goodie.
What is it about The Rifleman that calls to me? I love the interaction between the rancher/farmer Lucas McCain (the rifleman) and his middle school aged son Mark. There's a firmness, but loving-kindness to Lucas' fathering. You can even see it in his face...a wisdom that requires obedience, yet never harshly. There's a "yes" face, an easy smile that passes between father and son...and a mutual respect, appropriate for the position each holds in the scheme of things. But the Rifleman is no wimp...he will take you on, especially when it comes to his dear son.
This kind of fathering reminds me of my son Jeremy with his boys...firm, yet loving...never harsh. And you can tell the enjoyment they all experience with each other. And be sure he would take on anyone who would seek to harm his precious boys.
But Jeremy (and the Rifleman) would be the first to admit that they don't do it perfectly. Frustration, mistakes, fatigue, and even down-right sin overtake even the best of dads.
But I know a Dad who has no problem with any of that! And yes, He is kind and patient even with the fathers who do. Our Abba Father God is filled with loving-kindness toward His kiddos.
And so this Fathers' Day we celebrate God our Abba Father because all other fathers are merely pictures, flawed at best, of His almighty, tender, strong Fatherhood...
So maybe you would like to explore these scriptures to honor and appreciate the Father of all fathers. And remember, though He disciplines us, His children (Hebrews 12:5ff), He does so in love...and even with a "yes" Face.