What Fathers Look Like


My father was my hero growing up. I could count on him being my strong front line when I would have childhood battles confronting kids at school when they weren’t acting the wisest. He had a great sense of humor and was respected as a hard-working man. His strongest character trait was perseverance that shone through even when the outcome would be bleak for a season. He gave me confidence to handle and complete the work at hand. He trusted my judgment when I would work something out on my own, and he would encourage me when l tried my hardest to accomplish the goal that I had in mind.

When I see Doug work with Katelyn and Will on instructing them with an athletic move, playing an instrument, or getting good grades in school, I witness our kids becoming more confident. I see them learning and becoming capable of handling that hard spot the next time around. Some life lessons are; to not give up when life gets tough; practice makes perfect; hard work is needed to bring better results; and be observant and grateful with God’s blessings in their lives.

Our earthly fathers do have a HUGE role to play with influencing our families, and sometimes because of our human nature, there are human failures and families are not handled so perfectly. Aren’t you glad there is a Heavenly Father who plays a BlGGER role and never fails. He canopies over each one of his children with:

• God cares about all our needs.

• God is merciful toward us by withholding punishment for what we deserve.

• God hears our prayers and answers them.

• God watches and waits for us when we turn from Him.

He is our life’s coach who loved us enough to have His Son bear restores, gives us hope, and encourages us to persevere with this life and to finish well. THAT IS JUAT A PIECE OF WHAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER LOOKS LIKE!

~Kyla Frautschy

Father’s Day

image“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13 ESV).

The word “father” can evoke a plethora of emotions. Some may think of their dads and smile proudly, while others may feel a twinge of pain at the thought. The fact is that the role of a father has become broken for many families in our society. For some it has turned into something that does not reflect the character of a father God. For many it resembles something far from God’s loving-kindness.

If you are reading this today and you feel a sense of sadness when you think of your father, let me encourage you. Our great God has loved you with an everlasting love. He has seen you at your worst and has kept His arms and heart open to you. You have not been forgotten. You are not alone and unloved.

There will never be a perfect father on this earth. We will see cracks and scars in the men who take up the important role of dad. But for those who truly strive to love as God loves, we see a glimpse of Heaven in them.

Our church is filled with great dads. I am thankful for all of you who make great efforts to show the true character of our Heavenly Father. I encourage you to continue to live your children and be a source of care and safety. Your job is not easy, but it is of great importance. You are shaping your children’s view of the Father they have in heaven.