Father, the Man we call Dad
We all agree, Fathers' Day is
Dad's Christmas and a perfect day, never mind when it happens in
your hometown. You only lose sleep over who gets it first, if
it's in June and someone else has until September to find the
words for it!...
It's easy enough to fall into a loving mood when you love
someone above the world, or just about. Even if you're a
boy—someone not much used to sentiment—you can work
out that this man was also the first thing you loved in your
life, and find words to that effect. If you're a
girl—someone who does sentiment whenever
possible...—you won't have a problem expressing some of it
to the man who first brought love into your life and then made
you become that way all over.
We all have a fair idea what to say on this day and how to make
this a Special Occasion, the hard part is how to say it so it
gets to the heart, where it matters. As it turns out, finding the
words to say "Thank You, Dad" comes as easy as bumping into Santa
Claus on your way to work...
What do you say to the man who held you in his arms, to adore
you, to revere the idea of you, then held your arm all these
years, first to guide your step and keep you from falling, then
to lend you a helping hand, even at times when you didn't know
you had a need—and who has kept you standing up ever
You'll be looking for the right words to say thanks, waiting for
the right moment to show a little gratitude, some tenderness in
return for a lifetime of warmth all from the one man, but it
won't come out, the words never feel right, however you say it,
it doesn't seem to be enough. In fact, most of us end up saying
nothing at all!...
It's that we may love this man above the world, but we don't
know who he is!
The man we call Dad is part of a double riddle; you could try
guessing who Dad is or what he stands for—but then you'd
also have to guess why God goes by the name of "Our Father"...
What's that got to do with being the Lord Supreme!?...
If you wish to understand what's being celebrated on this day,
be prepared to dig deep, as far back as the Big Bang!...
God is famous, not for having caused life, but because He gave
it a direction!...
First consider that the world we live in is part of a greater
reality. As much as we like this place, we can't help being
surrounded by an immensity, which is infinite and without a
limitation; call that eternity. We are born believing that life
is scary because it is immense. An astronaut will tell you
otherwise, however, he will humbly nod away, and say, "there's no
particular direction, out there..." If you have walked between
the stars, that's what you say and that's how you say it.
Fear exists, not because the universe is infinite and immense,
it's that there is no orientation in space; this alone makes life
a scary place.
How scary? Just think of a world without direction and what
would life be without somewhere to go.
Who travels for going nowhere? We only feel alive, because we
have a sense of destination. You don't need to know where you're
going, as long as you have that sense. Animals know they're going
when it's gone from them.
You are now a step closer to working out why The Almighty is
also Our Father and how Your Dad ended up wearing that name.
Meanwhile, you can see why God's Creation always had an appeal...
However life appeared or why it had to be, what counts is that
nothing ever appears in a space without determination. And
nothing ever has appeared without a destiny.
It makes sense that "Our Father Who Art in Heaven" should still be so
popular though we are turning into gods ourselves, and it's that He
gave infinity a destination, whereas we get lost between two streets...
Not to mention how often we shoot at our own people in a combat zone—and
it's not for lack of care; our science is getting to be divine, but
we are all over the place.
Our Maker gave eternity a sense of orientation, and if we call
Him "Our Father" because of that, then the man we call Dad must
be a permanent incarnation of this first principle, without which
we would be as a child in the wilderness in many
respects—or living our lives out of the Bermuda Triangle,
so to speak, the rest of the time!...
DAD is called FATHER the same
as the Almighty because he, too, has something to do with this
"Orientation Thing." Many will find this fact not only true in
real life, but much less confusing than to think of "Our Father"
as the one who made us, which tends to be a thing Mum does...
FOR MEN, the 2006 Fathers' Day is a special opportunity to
appreciate that the job of being a man consists in...
Club version sample
in Leo Remembers Heroes