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Shopping for God on Amazon

It’s June alright. The heat is on. School is out tomorrow. You can smell the sunscreen and hear the beach calling. And Father’s Day is this weekend.

Father’s Day is often filled with memories…some good, and some not-so-good.  And in many families (like mine) there’s the dreaded challenge of figuring out what to get dad this year for Father’s Day.  (FWIW I’ve resorted to posting a list of links to Amazon products that my family can choose from.  They seem to like the idea even though it reduces some of the surprise element on Father’s Day.)

I’d like to propose a different idea for Father’s Day.  I’d like to talk about a different Father…yes, THAT Father.  Your heavenly Father.

Let’s imagine for a moment that you wanted to surprise him with a special gift this year.  Ties are out.  Cologne is not gonna cut it.  Even the latest cordless tool or backyard grill is a no-go.  What would be a great gift idea?

I’m reminded of a section of David’s psalm when he was trying to figure out what to give God…

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.  You do not want a burnt offering.  The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.  You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. – (Psalm 51: 16-17)

And again the apostle Paul reminds his readers of the best gift they can give…

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

In a way this is God’s list of Amazon links.  The gift that puts a smile on your heavenly Father is…YOU.  All of you.  Your heart, soul, mind, etc.  It is the giving of yourself back to God.

Maybe that’s not the way you’ve traditionally celebrated Father’s Day.  But it’s something to consider this year.  Why not make this the year that you give all of yourself…even that secret, dark corner that you’ve held onto?  It will make this a very special Father’s Day indeed.

-Pastor Mark