Sermon of the week: A father’s love
by By Rev. Bill Duke
Jun 21, 2009 | 1244 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pastor, Beeville First United Methodist Church

Sometimes it seems like there are no good fathers to be found in the whole wide world. All you hear about are the bad ones, for example the “dead-beat dads” or the “absentee fathers.”

I know more single moms are raising kids, but are all kids being raised without a father? And the children being raised by single moms, do they hopefully have a father figure to help guide and raise them?

All children need a loving father. My mother’s father, my grandpa, had to become the single parent for my mom and aunt after my grandmother had a severe stroke in her mid 40s which left her paralyzed on her left side. Papaw raised my mom and my aunt through their junior high and high school years; in other words, he raised two teenaged daughters.

Later after my father’s death when I was 7, it was Papaw who would play baseball with me. He would also take me fishing. One summer he took all his grandsons camping with him. He could have walked away with the excuse, “Well, I have raised my own children, and it is not my responsibility.” But he didn’t.

You see he loved my brother and me. He also loved our Heavenly Father. This was his source for a father’s love. Both of his parents had died before he was 13 years old. He was raised by neighbors and had to work and go to school.

In 1 John 3:1, the scriptures states, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!”
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