32 “You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.” (NKJV)
How is it that we sometimes find it hard to honor our father? We honor our heavenly Father. We stand in fear, in awe, of His power. We can pray, praise, sing and worship.
Your Dad might not be able to do things he used to do. He can’t help you with physical labor. It may be that he doesn’t have the resources to contribute financially as he would like. That means he’s not feeling very useful to you. He starts to translate that feeling into being a burden. “I’m such a burden”, he says. How do you respond to that?
Perhaps you can defer, for a time, him actually thinking he is a burden. Look hard around you for something your Dad can do. If your Dad is in a better frame of mind? Your mindset will improve also. When he really can not help anymore? You can continue to find a moment to thank him for being your Dad. Honor him, respect him, love him and help him keep his dignity. Don’t put if off. Find something to praise your earthly father about today. Thank him for the simplest thing. After all, wouldn’t you like to be thanked by someone today? How much more so when you are old and gray. Instruction doesn’t get any stronger than “I am the Lord”
Dear God, thank you for being my Father. Also thank you for my earthly father. It is easier talking with You than exposing emotions of love to my Dad. We’ve never been close in that way. But I’d like for him to know how important he has been and is right now. Please give me moments when I will talk with him. I ask that an opportunity would come today. Thank You for bringing this to reality. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.