The life of King David was not always filled with peace and joy. In one of the darkest moments of David’s life, his son Absalom led a conspiracy against him, drove him out of the palace, and took over as King of Israel. Yet despite the wickedness of Absalom, David continued to love him.
When David and his men were to face Absalom and his army in battle, he instructed his commanders to “be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.”(2 Samuel 18:5) But Absalom was killed anyway and when David learnt of his death, he was terribly shaken and he wept. “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you - O Absalom, my son, my son!' (2 Samuel 18:33)
Today, we hear of disturbing news about fathers abusing thier children verbally, physically, and sometimes even sexually. Their actions cannot be from God. They are diabolical, straight from the pit of hell. No father in his right mind will ever desire anything bad for his children, let alone do them harm. Rather, he seeks to provide them well being.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, let us thank the Lord for the many fathers who still obey God’s will: who love their children and wife, and who faithfully provide guidance and care to the family. Let us pray for them that they will continue to live godly lives for us to follow.
Happy Fathers Day! We love you Itay!