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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Framed flowers at Fisher's Greenhouse, Strasburg, PA
I enjoy these vertical planting surfaces we saw at Fisher's Greenhouse here in Lancaster County. These plants' roots are woven through cocoa matting. On the other side of the cocoa matting is soil about 3 inches deep enclosed in a steel frame. The result is the frame can be hung on a wall and the plants grow vertically!

"A Pleading Father"

Message summary: Dads, moms, and grandparents, let us follow the example of Jairus. Critical problems demand a serious response. Let's boldly stand up, persevere, and fight the good fight of faith for our children and grandchildren as they battle the evil one in this present evil age. We can make a difference as we regularly pray, lead by example, and faithfully instruct our young in the ways of the Lord!

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"Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet. He pleaded earnestly with Him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live" (Mark 5:22.23).

Father's Day 2022What a blessing it is to know a father's love. This coming Sunday is "Father's Day", a day set aside here in America (along with Mother's Day in May) to honor our parents. Both days recognize the value of the 5th Commandment, "Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother." My father (Stephen's) died in 1998 and Brooksyne's in 2000 but recollections of their love abound in our bank of memories.

Many reading this have a knowledge and experience of their earthly father's love but certainly not all do. Tragically, as a result of rampant sinfulness and sexual anarchy, a large and growing number of children have a poor image of their father and some do not even have the concept of what a father is. This most certainly is having dire consequences and these consequences will grow exponentially as we depart further and further from God's design for marriage and the family.

Whatever our experience is with earthly fathers, through the redemptive work of Christ we can all have a deep assurance of our Heavenly Father's love!

Jairus is one of my favorite dads mentioned in the Bible. Only Mark and Luke mention this story. Although he had a leadership position in the synagogue his role as a father took prominence in the brief story written about him in Scripture.

Jairus demonstrates four qualities needed today by all godly fathers:

1) Love. We aren't told if Jairus had any sons, but Luke's account indicates that he only
had one daughter. She was twelve years old, and tragically, she was dying. During the long course of our ministry we've seen the anguish of loving parents whose child is critically ill or whose debilitating disease is beyond the skill of the medical profession to help. My very first funeral was for a baby. We had our own share of agonizing distress when Ester, as an infant and child, experienced complications during her heart surgeries or endured long, grueling recoveries as a child and as an adult (of course, like any loving parents, she'll always be our little girl no matter her age).

Jairus2) Pleading. Help was desperately needed and Jairus, likely overcoming pride,
panic and prejudice, (especially as a synagogue ruler) very publicly approached Jesus for help. He went to the right Person. He came to the Master and "when he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet. He pleaded earnestly with Him. My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live".

The same desperation observed in Jairus earnestly pleading with Jesus, on behalf of his daughter, needs to be demonstrated by caring fathers today. His daughter was dying physically and Jairus needed Christ to intervene. Today our children face a spiritual onslaught from the enemy of our soul whom Jesus warns, "comes only to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10). We desperately need Christ to intercede for the hearts of our children. Our world is sick and dying. Sin and wickedness seems to know no bounds. Our children are at the edge of a slippery precipice. They're flooded with appeals to "Jump!" The loving father (and mother) must stand at the edge and shout "Don't throw it all away, there is hope in Jesus Christ".

3) Persistence: They were delayed when the woman who had bled for twelve years touched the hem of the Master's garment. Surely this delay was very annoying to Jairus. He probably muttered, "Come on, come on, can't you go any faster!" (in Aramaic of course). It was at this point that Jairus received word that his daughter had died and was told, "Don't bother the teacher anymore" (Luke 9:49). This must have been crushing. But he was persistent.

Daughter of Jairus4) Faith. It took faith for Jairus to approach Jesus and faith to hold on for the miracle. After receiving the news that his daughter had died Jesus said, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed" (Luke 9:50). Jairus believed this word and they indeed went to his home, a great miracle was performed, and the account ends with her parents being astonished. I've often wondered whatever happened concerning Bible characters like Jairus, his wife, daughter and perhaps sons. Were they a part of the early church? If so what a living testimony they had!

Dads, Moms, and Grandparents, let us follow the example of Jairus. Critical problems demand a serious response. Let's boldly stand up, persevere, and fight the good fight of faith for our children and grandchildren as they battle the evil one in this present evil age. We can make a difference as we regularly pray, lead by example, and faithfully instruct our young in the ways of the Lord!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are given a tremendous trust when You permit us to raise a child. What begins as a privilege and blessing can also turn into a challenge or desperate situation. No circumstance is too difficult for You. Your arm is not too weak to save, nor Your ear too deaf to hear our heart's cry. We pray for our children as they seek to overcome life's difficulties and battle the enemy's schemes. Help us to properly provide for their physical and spiritual needs as they journey into adulthood. We pray especially for fathers, that they will take their rightful place as head of their homes; tenderly leading their children in the ways of the Lord by example and instruction according to Your holy book. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"A Man You Would Write About"  Video  4HIM  Our Texan friend, David Penley, suggests this song in regard to men who stand up for the Lord in our time.

We Will Not Be Silenced
Highly recommended: In our Sunday School class we are studying an outstanding book by Erwin Lutzer titled "We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity". Here's a page with a video introduction.

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