Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this day I would like to share a story with you. I don’t know if you have heard it before. It is about a father who would always tell his son, “no matter what, I will always be there for you when you need me.” Back in 1989, there was a very strong earthquake that killed thousands of people and levelled many cities. One of the buildings, that was destroyed, was the school of this father’s child. After securing the safety of his wife, he made his way to what was left of the school. Since he walked his child to school every day, he remembered where he could start looking for his child. As time passed, many people came to console him and to discourage him from continuing to looking for his child. But since he had made this promise to his son, he felt compelled to continue looking for him. After almost two full days of pulling debris out of the rubble, his father heard his son’s voice. As the child heard back from his father, he turned around to a dozen of his classmates saying, “I told you that my dad would come for me.”
I wanted to share this true story with you, because our Heavenly Father has made the same promise to us, “no matter what, I will always be there for you when you need me.” There are times when we think that God may have forgotten us, or has not paid attention to our needs, but he is always there. Often during football games and in other sports events, there is always someone holding a sign that says “Jn 3:16”. It’s a quote from the Gospel of John that says, "God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him ...may have eternal life.” This is what our Father does, he saves us and gives us eternal life. We are called to be like this child from the story, we must be firm in our belief, that our father will come to our rescue even amid our hopelessness he reassures us that...there is always hope.
Let us pray that all of our earthly fathers may resemble our Heavenly Father and that they may care for their children through the spirit.
Let us also pray for ourselves, the children, that we may always believe that our fathers do their best to love us and care for us.
Father Steven Clemence