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Friday, June 19, 2020
Early yesterday morning near Strasburg we passed this hardworking Amish family working together planting. We weren't close enough to see what they were planting but perhaps a farmer could inform us.
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"An Exhortation For Fathers"
Message summary: Today may we all remember our God-given call to model our faith and provide an example to our children and all whom we may influence. Our highest calling as a father is to teach and provide an example so that our children, "walk in a manner worthy of God".
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"For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory" (1 Thessalonians 2:11,12). "To offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example" (2 Thessalonians 3:9).
This weekend we celebrate Father's Day. I believe I have a special meal coming of BBQ brisket, one of my favorites!
As I made several chaplain visits today I shared the daily verse with men as a challenge. I issued the challenge to men of all ages from an older men with grown children and grandchildren to a young man who, along with his wife, are expecting their first baby this September. I challenged them to consider the sacred duty of fatherhood summed up in the phrase, "Walk in a manner worthy of God". The photo shows Ryan, a plumber with four small children, who plays on the worship team in his church.
Fathers instill this both by teaching and by example. Both are vitally necessary!
A Jif peanut butter commercial shows a little girl with her dad making a peanut butter sandwich. She watches him as he spreads the peanut butter and then folds the bread in half. With an inquisitive look she asks him why he does it that way. He answers, "Because that's the way my dad always did it." "That's silly", she replies but then she goes on to imitate her dad's way of preparing his peanut butter sandwich before taking a bite out of the middle of the folded bread. Her dad looks on with a smile.
"That's the way my dad did it" for many of us expresses the positive influence of a father in teaching us and providing an example to do good and live life right.
But for others "the way dad did it" was a horrible model and example. And then there are so many who don't even know who their father is.
My dad passed away over 20 years ago but I still consider examples he set that have been formative in my life. He loved his wife and four children and worked hard to provide for his family. He was a great example to me in so many ways which I recognize even more as I get older. To this day I recall special teaching moments in which I realize he was showing his care, although I didn't necessarily recognize it at the time, but simply took it for granted.
Our second daily text was written by Paul, along with Silas and Timothy. It was initially in the context of ministry but the same principle applies to fathers. Consider these two points:
"To offer ourselves as a model for you". They saw a duty in modeling the Christian faith to the Thessalonian believers. We pray for fathers to see a sacred duty in offering themselves as a model for their children. In this context it particularly pertains to working hard and providing for your own needs, a form of modeling so needed today.
"So that you would follow our example". The Thessalonians should follow Paul in his example of both hard work and willingness to sacrifice for the furtherance and integrity of the Gospel.
Today may we all remember our God-given call to model our faith and provide an example to our children and all whom we may influence. our highest calling as a father is to teach and provide an example so that our children, "walk in a manner worthy of God".
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, may my life be marked by faithfulness and integrity. I truly want to "walk in a manner worthy of God". I know that these character traits are not developed over a short period of time but over the duration of my life, most especially during the challenging times. Obedience does bring blessing and it does bring eternal reward. Help me not to become weary in doing good, for at the proper time that You have ordained, I will reap a harvest if I do not give up. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"A Christian song for Father's Day" Video
We had several chaplain visits in the eastern part of Lancaster County yesterday and stopped by to visit the Lapp family at the Old Windmill Farm as well as a visit to Fisher's greenhouse.
Several months ago we shared about James (Jamie), a young Amish boy, who had a serious accident working with a saw which had required surgery. He just got his cast off and is doing very well but will have this scar the rest of his life as a reminder of a very close call and what was potentially a far more serious accident. I encouraged him to use the scar as a teaching aid both for himself and for others. He would like to thank Daily Encouragement readers who prayed for him and for the many cards he received during his recovery. One day we were present when the mail arrived. He excitedly opened his cards and showed us the kind expressions within those cards from caring people he'd never met. What a wonderful way to brighten an otherwise dismal time in the life of an otherwise busy and energetic youngster. We thank you as well!
During his recuperation James raised a pigeon from a hatched egg who is completely tame and will now perch on his shoulders as he walks around his farm. The pigeon will also mount this Kiera's back as she walks around, much to her irritation at times!
The Fishers Greenhouse has a variety of colorful arrangements using the very popular succulents including this barnyard setting.
A beach scene!
Moses is milking a cow that just had a calf and is very full of milk!
Yesterday during a chaplain visit in Bird In Hand there was a minor collision between a car and horse and buggy. This horse wounded its leg but should be OK. Several months ago there was an accident at this very spot and the horse had to be put down.
It was a busy street with sirens and neighbors coming together at the scene of the accident.
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