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Friday, June 24, 2011

Three Faces of a Father

Last Sunday, our speaker in church is, Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Miranda, QCPACE North West District Superintendent. He has spoken about being a father in celebration of Fathers’ Day last Sunday. He has used three images of a father from the Old and New Testament in an attempt to clear out the role of fathers in the family.

First, a Sacrificing Father

God tested Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice his one and only beloved son, Isaac. The bible did not say what went on in his mind at that particular time. Perhaps, he knew God would not break his promise of an endless descendant through him so he would expect God to replace his son, Isaac even if he sacrificed him on the mountain.   

Abraham readily surrendered to the command of God without question. His trust in the goodness of God did not waiver no matter how confusing was the situation for him. God was pleased with his faith and he passed the test as God expected. He gave him a ram to offer instead of his son, Isaac.

How many of us fathers are willing to give our children to God for the ministry? Are we ready to give our sons to God as Abraham has shown?

Second, a Father who does not discipline his sons

Eli was the high priest in the temple. His sons Hophni and Phinehas were priests too but the bible describes them as evil men. They appropriate the best part of the animal offerings for themselves and even had illicit relations with the women servers in the sanctuary.

Eli was an image of a father who seemed to have not disciplined his children. He failed to guide them into the way that is pleasing to the Lord.

How many of us fathers are disciplining our children and molding them toward the right way? Sometimes, fathers are so busy with work that they miss giving their children ample quality time and just let other people (like nannies) do the parenting.

Third, a father who loves devotedly

The gentile ruler in the account of Matthew 9:18 whose daughter had died, was an image of a father who loved his child selflessly. He was a ruler, a gentile with honor and stature, yet did not mind bowing down before a Jewish teacher, who must have been lower in social standing just to obtain healing for his daughter.

Such is an image of selflessness. How many of us can set aside personal enjoyment for the sake of our children?

Let these three Faces of a Father guides us in carrying our responsibility as fathers to our children.

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QCPACE (Quezon City Philippine's Annual Conference East, North West District- United Methodist Church)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spiritual Fathers’ Day

We have celebrated Fathers’ Day last Sunday in church. The church has given special tokens, folding umbrella, to fathers who have attended the worship service. They have said that an umbrella symbolizes protection and shelter, which fathers give to their families.

Surprisingly, they have given tokens even to those who are not biological fathers like me (Still, single and unattached). Even if we are not fathers yet, we can play the role of a father to the younger generation. I have been pleased to receive a Fathers’ Day token for the first time ever.  It is a bit scary if you will take it seriously because being a father is not an easy role. You need to give yourself with unconditional love to be a good father.

I think I am getting older... 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mom Celebrates Her 80th Birthday

 Mom celebrates her 80th birthday today. I am so happy that she has reached this age still strong enough to appreciate the people around her. She is becoming sickly because of hypertension, heart ailment, diabetes and rheumatism but by God’s grace, she is stronger than most people are her age.

Friends, family and church mates have come to greet her. Our pastor has prayed for her and that means a lot to her. A neighbor has given her beautiful flowers from their backyard. Some have brought food. I have bought her ice cream and cake as my birthday gift to her. Dad used to do that for her so she is a little sentimental about her birthday because she misses Dad so much. We have sung to her, her favorite song, "Leaving On A Jetplane", Dad's song to her and just as all have expected, she cries.

I hope she survives her hypertension and diabetes for many more fruitful years.  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mom’s Special Request for her 80th Birthday

Mom has special request for her 80th birthday. She wants me to sing to her a song that Dad used to sing to her just before they get married. Actually, she couldn’t remember the title but she remembers the words in the song- “kiss me and smile for me”. I guess, clearly it is “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by John Denver.

She says, before Dad has made his marriage proposal, he is supposed to leave for Mindanao (Southern Philippines) for combat assignment (Dad’s a Marine). Of course, he cannot defy that order so he just wants to get married before he leaves (it seems to fit the story the song tells). Well, Mom just couldn’t say no. 

Without Dad knowing first hand, when his friends in the Marines have learned about his plans to get married, they have made the necessary arrangements so that Dad could be relieved of his combat duty temporarily because he is getting married. The commander has granted the request so the wedding preparation has followed. The rest is history.

I just don’t know how I would be able to sing it in church.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Dad and Mom and I

Maybe the new Mc-Donald’s McFloat TV commercial about three old men dining in McDo have amused us all. It is funny that the two old men still call the other “kulot” (curly-haired) when his hair has already receded and is almost bald. Perhaps, that is how they have used to call him since their younger years. Ironically, one of them forgets the name of the one he is talking to at the closing scene.

Images of old men remind me of my Dad. A few years before his passing, after he has had a stroke, Dad would always recant stories about his past. He would vividly recall experiences he has had from the start of his military service, or from experiences, he has had from other jobs he has done before. I would listen to his stories even though he has told it several times. He would always express his opinions about political events especially against EDSA 2 and Mrs. Arroyo.

I really miss those days. Actually, Mom is starting to become like Dad. She would recall experiences she has had in the past then she would cry especially the time when Dad is still courting her. She sometimes tell the same stories but I am ready to listen to her even she tells those old stories over and over again. She's turning 80 on Thursday, June 14.
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