Father's Day sees our newspapers filled with photographs and messages to fathers.
Father's role in life remains so vitally important in day when fathers tend to be marginalised and sidelined, and on television the father is so frequently depicted as some type of useless buffoon.
Beware of such negative tragic portrayals. Know who is behind that. There is an enemy of the family who attempts to undermine the important place of a husband and father.
To receive a father's blessing is one of the most precious gifts a young person can receive.
God the Father was always so pleased with how His Son Jesus Christ conducted His life and ministry and Jesus aimed at being a Father pleaser.
There is a good goal for any boy or girl. Aim to please your father and of course, seek to please God the Father throughout all your life. It would be difficult to improve upon that as your ambition, no matter what your age.
So often I come across children in real trouble and in dire straits and what they most need is the presence, guidance, assurance and love of a father.
The phrase ‘Juvenile Delinquent’ used to be heard frequently but much more accurate would be the phrase ‘Delinquent Father’. If fathers assumed their God-given role and carried out their fatherly tasks and duties there would be far fewer children getting into so much bother and trouble.
Most of these young people act in these ways because they seek attention and if they do not get proper attention at home they will aim to get it else where.
There are fathers who are struggling to provide for their families and there are fathers too who are not at home but it is not their fault. It was this latter matter that motivated this article.
There are fathers who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ and who need strength and the means to be good role models for their children.
There are fathers who are in prison for their faith in Jesus Christ, and we remember these families during these times of hardship and separation.
There are Christian fathers who have attempts upon their lives simply because they belong to Jesus Christ and seek to serve Him faithfully. These men need prayer for protection and wisdom regarding their movements.
There are fathers in conflict zones of all kinds and they and their families need to be remembered too.
There are Muslim fathers whose children have come to know Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as Saviour and Lord, and they too need our prayers that they would be open-minded regarding their child's decision. Reconciliation is much needed in such situations.
There are fathers who have seen their children murdered, and they need comfort and understanding as they endure grief and emotional trials.
There are fathers who are good and loving and generous, and give everything their children require in terms of guidance and example.
Always remember that Almighty God was a Father before he was a Saviour!
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.