Pause For Thought: My dad

THIS short article was written by Ann Eyre for the ‘Personally Speaking’ column a few years ago.

We repeat it here, as we approach Father’s Day, and ask the question, “Have things changed?” ...

“My work takes me regularly into primary schools in Eastbourne where I spend some of my

time running JAM clubs. JAM stands for Jesus And Me.

“I have the privilege of discussing with children what the Christian faith is and how it relates to our

lives. One week we were thinking about what it means to call God ‘Father’. We introduced the

idea by asking children to complete acrostics of the word ‘Father’.

“Here are some of their answers (in the original spelling).

Fine, All moody time, Horrible, Egnores me;

Remembers to come to my birthday, Fun, Forgiving, Always giving me money, Terrific;

Hiper Exclent, Remarkable.

“The second seemed a happier situation until I was told, ‘That’s the dad I live with, not my real dad;

he’s horrible.’

“There were children who had good experiences of father, but many did not.

“We then explained, ‘I don’t know about your dad, but I do know that some kids have good dads,

some haven’t got a dad, because he’s died or left, and some even have two dads.’

“I think we all have some idea of what the best dad would be like. God is like the very best dad we

can imagine.

“As we teach children about God in this generation, we need to help them to understand that God is

a Father who made them and loves them unconditionally, whatever their personal experience is.

“The Bible tells us in 1 John 3, 1: ‘Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he

let us be called his children, as we truly are.’”

Ray Dadswell