The Cup of Life
The fatherly figure that Almighty God holds in our Christian faith is best understood with the relationship we can have with our own earthly father. Some would opt for a spiritual father. He had sacrificed everything for us to make who we are today, and still more. He provided for our needsfrom clothing to food to love, and everything else. God did give up His only son that we may have everlasting life and what more could someone; a dear Father does than that! But there were some moments in our life when we, siblings of seven were unable to comprehend such kind of Love from a drunkard father. At those crucial hour of such pains and rejections, love grew cold towards one another with everyday tussles, creating a huge hole in every of our hearts. Our identity crisis began to take its toll as a broken family was on the making. But it was amazing to know the grace of God through the changeover that from holding the cup of a rice-beer, my dad today seeks tea. He encountered Jesus Christ all over again and that is when the head of the family holding the neck and body parts came to a perfect stature. Today as sons and daughter, on Father’s Day if we had a realisation that when a father in the Love of Christ is within, we have nothing to lack of. The few additions of in-laws, nephew and nieces added up to my Father’s generation and they brought in their own blessings as well but the legacy of God’s encounter into the family will always be retold as it was where our lives really began and nobody ever going to change that! A ray of hope is now in a change of heart of the head that can always bring us to a new being at the same time, ask God for their long live and intercession for the lags to lead them to Christ.
A good friend of mine lost his dad just recently and it was difficult to find words to condole in a way. But to realise that dying in the Lord (Hebrews 4:10) is more a merrier news than the obituary. It was not how we have first started well but to finish it well. And therefore the race of faith continues to go on with ordeals and with a praying father/parents we can boldly hold our ground. To the Children and Fathers/parents: Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honour your father and mother which is the first commandment with promise….and Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6: 1-4). Happy Father’s Day to all fathers.