In the United States we celebrate and honor fathers the third Sunday in June.
In the Bible Jesus told a story about a special father and two different sons who chose differing paths in life.
The Story of the Lost Son from
And they began to have a wonderful time.
This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!”
“Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.”
exploring the HEART of healthy families
The young man who left home in this story, the “lost son”, is sometimes called the prodigal son.
A prodigal is a son/daughter who leaves his or her parents to do things that they do not approve of but then feels sorry and returns home —often used figurativelymerriam-webster.com
I realize not everyone has or had a father who nurtured them, but I hope you can think of someone who played a similar role in your life-another relative, a teacher, a coach, a pastor, maybe even a boss. Please find a way to thank and honor that person. When you have an opportunity to “father” someone who needs it, I hope you will. There are a lot of “prodigals” out there.
This year, 2021, is the first year that both of my sons are fathers. One is the father of a teenager, the other an infant. They both learned the art of fatherhood from their dad, my husband.
I appreciate all of you who are following Watercress Words, and if you aren’t I invite you to join the wonderful people who are. You can meet some of them in the sidebar, where you can click on their image and visit their blogs. Use the form to get an email notification of new posts. Don’t worry, you won’t get anything else from me.