HONOUR YOUR FATHER
Deep Cove Crier June, 1990Father's Day on the third Sunday of June each year is an annual reminder of the debt of gratitude that each of us owe to our fathers...Many of us have been raised with the saying "Honour your father (and your mother) that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you". We in Canada have been blessed with both long life (on average) and a good land. We have also been given in Canada a wonderful heritage of values and laws based on the Ten Commandments. Legal experts will tell you that virtually every legal principle in Canada can he traced back to the Judaeo Christian ethic embodied in the Ten Commandments. Polls tell us that most Canadians still believe in the Ten Commandments. Commandment Number 5 tells us to ''Honour vour father. . . ." Father's day reminds us how vital this commandment is to the health of our modern Canadian families. To 'Honour" means to respect highly, to confer dignity upon another (concise Oxford Dictionary).
Antidote to the rat race
In the dog eat dog competitive world of modern business, there are few people who will take time to honour and respect one an other. As a result, many husbands come home from work. bruised and bleeding inside. If husbands and fathers cannot find respect at home, they will find it nowhere. In the same way that the wife's deepest need is romantic love. the husband's deepest need is respect. That is why Ephesians 5:33 teaches that a husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
Television has few healthy pictures of fathers in the 1990's. Too often, today's fathers are portrayed as absent, ineffective. inconsistent. abusive, or weak. I believe that it's time to build up our fathers, not tear them down.
In conclusion I would like to say to the fathers who have dialed into this WEB site: Fathers, we honour and appreciate you. We respect your hard work in your profession and your commitment to your wife and children, We value your desire to make time for your family, and to nourish your wife. Your steadfastness and dedication are a real source of security and joy to the families of our community. I ask our Father in heaven to strengthen your identities as fathers and husbands in the days ahead.
The Reverend Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simon's Anglican Church
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